2019 Award Winner
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I love this from Redick. So true.
Lakers were the greatest losers in the history of the NBA!
I think Miami take it easy on this one and will give 110% at Miami game 5. Will be interesting to watch !Could the Celtics become the first team to come back from 0-3 and win?
Lebron has had great teams if not Super Team around him outside of his first seasons. I just can't agree that he's asked to do it all. AD is a top 10 player when healthy and Reaves was arguably the best 3rd man in the playoffs. Rui was inconsistent but offered 15ppg against the Nuggets. DLo and Schroder are not amazing but they are serviceable. Lonnie Walker had his moments for being an 7th or 8th option. And definitely not Lebrons doing but Beasley and Vanderbilt should've had a bigger impact.Saw this and loved it (long but worth it)
You know what…
Maybe it’s a good thing LeBron James is considering retirement, because maybe, just maybe, people will FINALLY come back down to earth and realize we were holding a player to the most ludicrous and unrealistic expectations known to sport for 20 years.
Last night’s game was the latest example, as a 38 year old LeBron James in his 20th season with an injured foot played 48 minutes and was asked and expected, to literally do it all.
For context, James has played in 282 playoff games, that’s the equivalent of nearly 3 and a half regular seasons. Throw in USA basketball and his heavy minutes, and LeBron’s mileage mirrors a workload of someone in their 24th NBA season.
But it’s not enough, it’s not enough for the fans, the haters, even the “expert” commentators who expect this one man to do the unthinkable every single second, of every single game.
In an elimination game on his home floor, he was the only Laker to leave it all out there. He scored 31 points in the first half - the most of his playoff career. But again, it wasn’t enough for people, he wasn’t allowed to be gassed in the second half, he wasn’t allowed to not have 50, he wasn’t allowed to miss a game winner.
The icing on the cake was Jeff Van Gundy, who midway through the third quarter says “And if I’m the Lakers, I’m having LeBron guard Nikola Jokic” despite supposedly the best defender in the NBA Anthony Davis standing there watching a 38 year old exhausted do his defensive job because he couldn’t, and chose not to rise to that challenge in the series.
But again, LeBron did what was necessary, he guarded Jokic, he switched on to Jamal Murray, all while taking perhaps the last ounces of energy he had left in his career.
I don’t blame LeBron one bit if he chooses to call it a day. In truth, all things considered, I’m surprised he’s lasted this long.
Only when he officially retires and walks away from the game for good will people understand who he was, and the impossible individual burden he had to carry on and off the court.
I’m glad I wasn’t one of them, and I feel sorry for the people who could never see it, or worse never accept it.
I thought so before tonight's game. So yes I think they could. I think they are the better team and the better team usually wins a 7 game series.Could the Celtics become the first team to come back from 0-3 and win?