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LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:13 pm

LeBron James and the Miami Heat dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Q, but they're still on the outside of the title race looking in. Posted by Ben Golliver lebron-james 

LeBron James accomplished everything he could have possibly hoped to on Thursday night, swooping in with his Miami Heat teammates and dominating a pitiful Cleveland Cavaliers squad decimated by his departure. Everything, that is, except one minor detail: make progress towards an NBA title.

Yes, the Heat manhandled the Cavaliers , 118-90, amidst a hostile anti-LeBron atmosphere , taking all the boos, jeers, shirts and signs in stride and playing some of their most electric basketball in recent memory. James put on a show, especially during the third quarter, hitting shots in every way imaginable. It was a business-like blowout for a Heat team that hasn’t had nearly enough of them yet this season and James didn't even need to play during the fourth quarter.

James didn’t take his talents to South Beach for a little December revenge that surely felt sweet given all the pre-game hype and expectation. He migrated south to join up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and win a title. When James takes a second to think about the entirety of his situation, once he stops throwing up the chalk and talking trash to his former teammates, he will realize the Heat are still just the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, no better than the sixth or seventh best team in the NBA. They’ll be a tough out for somebody in the playoffs, but the virtuoso team performance displayed Thursday night has been noticeably absent during Miami’s true tests. Bad teams roll over in their presence; good teams shut them down.

When your opponent’s first two possessions are an unforced turnover by Mo Williams and a panic timeout by Mo Williams, you should win by 28 points. But the Rajon Rondos, Jameer Nelsons and Derrick Roses of the world not only know how to run an offense without melting down, they also have talented teammates in spades, deep, big rosters that will press Miami’s paper-thin and Charmin-soft frontline past its breaking point. Boston, Orlando and Chicago have accountable and active defenses that won’t be content to allow James unhindered access to the paint and that will hustle back to harass the passing lanes in transition. It's not supposed to come as easy as it did for Miami on Thursday night and, for the most part, it hasn't.

James now has the “return to Cleveland” monkey off of his back, but the 800 pound gorilla – that his hand-picked group of teammates still isn’t good enough to dethrone the Boston Celtics, and will struggle with the East's other elite teams – still haunts him, and will continue to haunt him through next summer, at the very least.

There were no violence and no major incidents as feared  at The Q, and for that we should all be thankful, pausing for a moment to thank Cavaliers fans. While it was a peaceful cakewalk in Cleveland on Thursday evening, when James comes back to Earth after his 38-point, 5-rebound, 8-assist performance he will find himself in familiar surroundings: out of contention for an NBA title.


Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:22 pm

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

lmao all i'm sayin' that everytime they booed LeBron...he had another layup for a 3 point play...Dan Gilbert prolly wanted to bury his head somewhere...I would have pulled a Reggie Miller and threw up the choke sign! Yo Cleveland! LeBron don't owe you $#@*!!! Ain't his fault Gilbert didn't put anyone around him that could play anywhere CLOSE to his level...Antawn Jameson??? C'mon man! Now he doesn't have to take over games every night and yeah the Heat are 12-8...we'll see where they are come May

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:45 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

Not even a real NBA fan but I had to watch to see if Cleveland might bounce a dog biscuit off of Lebron's forehead.  Didn't happen.  Darn it. 

I loved it when the play-by-play guys said that the Cleveland fans should, "get over it".  Uhhm... I wonder if Chicago would be "over it" even now if Michael Jordan would have left to go to Detroit back in the day...?  Well, bad example, we all know Lebron is NOT Michael Jordan. 

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:37 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:34 am

Sports fans are fed up

Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 8:52 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

These "clowns" are paid to get you RILED UP so you will RESPOND. They don't really believe the crap they write, but if they don't write something total ludicrous, no one will read and feel moved enough to write a comment.
I learned this a long time better not to respond and give them the "feedback" they so desperately need to keep their "cush job".
Radio talk shows are the same..they just come up with something like "all smokers should be shipped to an island and left there". This will get the entire switchboard lit up with irrate smokers calling in. Boom, there you got your next three hours of talk show.

Just like you said, it COULD have been written in one sentence, but that wouldn't accomplish his (and other low-end "writer's") goal.


Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 8:19 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

None of this matters anyway.  After this season, the NBA is for sure locking out.  Then all these babies can cry about being bored, instead of pouting about teammates.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 6:58 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

What are you 12? Can Boston survive? Is this your first NBA season son?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:37 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

Funny how the writer mentions Orlando. Which Orlando do they mean? The one that got destroyed by the Heat or the one that barely escaped with a win against the Heat? So far yeah the Heat has chemistry issues. On one hand they put on a demolition against the Suns and Magic, but on the other hand they lost to some good teams that barely escaped. What happens when that chemistry comes together for a series? Can Boston survive a 7 game series with Miami? I doubt it. Orlando? Probably. L.A. ? Possibly. The Suns? Heck no. The Bulls? LOL they wish.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:21 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

Who have the Heat beaten exactly? They're still a new team that has yet to prove they can play with the top competition. If you guys are going to use the excuse that you're still a work in progress, then you should continue to believe that because that is what you are. This win in Cleveland means nothing until the Heat can prove they can beat a team with a good point guard and center.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:06 am

LeBron James beats Cavs, but win feels hollow

Well I am proud of the Cav's fan base and visitors to the Gund Arena this evening...although the 118-90 smack down was just what Mr Le Bron James needed to do to move on to phase three of his march to NBA basketball greatness. I like other Cav fans am still heartbroken over the losses especially the NBA finals. But despite the sudden change of scenery I wish Mr James nothing but continued success in his quest for an NBA title. Also just a thought........ since Mr.James accomplished this feat maybe a treaty can be had between he and Mr. Dan Gilbert so that the Cleveland city economy might still benefit from future Heat visits. I mean he is from Akron,Ohio home to many a great families an another example of an Ohioan with extra ordinary abilities! 

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