It Pains Me To Report LeBron James’ Most Celebrated Play Last Night Was Indeed A Rules Violation
The worst Cavaliers team of LeBron James’ career put the best-ever version of the Toronto Raptors out of their misery last night, 128-93. Over the course of four mostly embarrassing performances, the Raptors’ two best players — DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry — combined for about the same production as LeBron alone. The East’s best regular-season team, title contenders seven days ago, are now on the brink of disintegration.
DeRozan and Lowry combined for a measly 18 points in Game 4 as they slowly realized their family members will never, ever get to watch them in the NBA Finals. LeBron had a typical stat line (29 points on 12-for-19 shooting, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, two steals, and a block zzzzz…), but one play in particular represented the certitude of this series.
With the Cavs on the verge of scoring 100 points with a minute left in the third quarter, Pascal Siakam leaned on LeBron and nearly forced him to pass out of no man’s land in the left corner. The other Cavs weren’t really moving, so LeBron leaned back and flicked a shot high over the backboard.
Folks this maneuver is against the rules. Yours truly is a traveling connoisseur with a hard-line approach to the regulations of the game, and I can assure you it brings me no joy to highlight this violation. But we can’t have guys sliding their pivot feet like that, I don’t care who you are or how thoroughly you’re demoralizing your opponent at the time. Had that been me out there with a whistle, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d have brought that frenzy to a halt and circled my fists long enough for everyone in the building to get a nice dose of reality. Neat swish, sure, but rules are rules. Good luck in the next round, Indiana’s own Brad Stevens surely won’t stand for such infringements upon this sacred game. |ES|