It’s an all too familiar refrain: Lebron James is possibly/probably going to test out the market if his team gets bounced from the playoffs. Ever the mercurial figure, Lebron has had his jersey burned by a scorned fan base, and then been warmly welcomed back into the fold upon his return.
After getting absolutely demolished in games one and two, the Cavs managed to stop the hemorrhaging with a dominant 116-86 win. But if they drop another game at home, the Cavs and the mighty Lebron James would face elimination on the road in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio.
The King versus the kingdom
I don’t know, I’m not a terribly clever headline writer, but it seems to me that there is a pretty interesting narrative when you look at the dichotomy between the Lebron James led Cavaliers, and the “Who’s your star, even?” Boston Celtics. With the series on the line, Lebron took over on the defensive end in game three - stifling a short-handed Celtics team and exposing their weakness.
All season, I’ve been watching this Celtics team and wondering exactly how far they could push their unlikely season. After losing premier free agent signing, Gordon Hayward before the team had even called their first timeout of the season, the Celtics hung on. Through a combination of brilliant coaching and wise roster construction, the Celtics team-worked their way through the regular season. Even after losing dynamic scoring guard Kyrie Irving, the Celtics still shouldered through.
Now, they are facing the “final boss” of the NBA, and they will need their whole team to work as it has all season.
Lebron and the Cavs struggled as well, but this is - and has always been - about how far Lebron can carry this team.