The Cavs Were Down 25 At Halftime And Won Because LeBron
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The Cavs Were Down 25 At Halftime And Won Because LeBron


The Cavaliers had a very bad start to their Thursday evening in Game 3 against the Pacers. It was one of those nights where you get ready to hang out with some friends, and you've got all these cool expectations, and then... oh god, someone dropped the entire case of beers, and... oh, no, something is ON FIRE WHY IS SOMETHING ON FIRE?!

Things devolved pretty quickly for the Cavs, as they fell behind the Pacers by double-digits after one quarter and by 20 points after 21 minutes.

By the end of the first half, Cleveland was trailing Indiana by 25 points, and things were looking extra glum. Like, historically glum:


And the Pacers actually finished with 74 points in the first half! They added two more just to be extra insulting!

By this point, I had given up on rooting for a comeback. The game had to be over, right? A 25-point lead was undoubtedly insurmountable. Like, there was just no way. I've watched LeBron do incredible things so many times, things I never thought he could ever do, but how could he will an underperforming Cavs team to out-score the Pacers by 26 points in 24 minutes, on the road?!


Well, he did it.

The comeback, admittedly, started slowly. After pulling within 15 points halfway through the third quarter, the Pacers proceeded to stretch things back out to 20 points with just 16 minutes left to play. Not exactly a great situation.

But the Cavs kept chipping away, complete with 13 points and four assists from their main man LeBron, who was scorching all night long. He finished the game with an eye-popping stat line: 41 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists.

But the stats didn't mean anything until the Cavaliers were back in the lead, because LeBron doesn't really care about numbers scored anymore, he just wants trophies. So as the Cavs got closer and closer, he kept powering through the Pacers' defense, and then with the game tied midway through the fourth quarter, LeBron did THIS:


LeBron scored seven more points and notched another assist after that dunk to keep the Pacers at bay, but nothing really mattered. Because when he destroyed that hoop, he destroyed all of Indiana. The city is now a flaming pile of sad basketball fans.

So sorry, Indiana.

... oh, what's that, you need more LeBron stats from the ridiculous night? Alright, we'll give you one more to tide you over until the Cavs play again and Playoff LeBron rears his head to scare the bejeezus out of every other team:

That's right. LeBron scored 41 points, and dished out 12 assists, three of which led to three-pointers. Which means LeBron impacted 73 of the Cavs' 119 points on Thursday night, which is absolutely nuts.

We've loved the MVP race all season long between James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but... did we forget how good LeBron is?

Thanks to Thursday night, we're not about to go forgetting any time soon.

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LeBron Has Had Enough Of Charles Barkley's Shit

Years of taking the high road has caught up to LeBron. And it's amazing.

We all have that one professor. The one who you're pretty sure has to be at least 85 years old and for some reason hasn't retired yet. At his peak, you presume he was a pretty good instructor. He's got a firm grasp on the material, but his old age now hinders his ability to not only relate to his young students, but also teach the course even remotely effectively. He usually ends up giving everyone an A and forgets to collect an assignment or two.

Oh, and he gets away with saying just about whatever he wants. He says a ton of racist, sexist and questionable shit - shit that everyone in the class turns around and goes "did he really just say that?" But he never gets in any trouble, because, well, he's a seasoned vet.

He's been around the block. You can only be politically correct for so long until your mind just explodes from taking the high road one too many times - and after that, everyone just kind of gives you a pass.

Well, friends, LeBron hit that point Monday night. He's now the old-as-dirt professor. I mean, LeBron has now logged more NBA minutes than Michael Jordan, and most college kids can't remember the NBA without The King. LeBron has more haters than even Trump, and he's dealt with them rather valiantly since his debut.

FINALLY, LeBron has had enough! Monday night, NBA on TNT personality and former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley spoke out against LeBron, calling him "whiny," among other things. Barkley has long been the figurehead of the "Union of Irrational LeBron Haters," and James usually doesn't give him the time of day. NOT THIS TIME!.


And that's only the tip of the iceberg! LeBron is now the NBA's token old guy who will verbally destroy you if you slander his name. I've waited a long time for this stage of LeBron's development and I can only hope Barkley is the first of his many victims.

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The Atlanta Hawks Lost To The Cavs, But Stole My Heart

What an effort it was.

NBA fans owe a big thank you to the Hawks bench tonight. The Cavs entered halftime up by 10 ready to coast to a 1-0 series lead. Al Horford was already considering his free agent options.

Que the bench. Dennis Schroeder boasting pure unadulterated german efficiency starts to mount the comeback. He put Atlanta on his back with a sweet 3 for 3 from the field with two of those attempts coming from downtown. And all of a sudden ...

The Hawks have life. We have a game worth watching. All because of this young gun with flow that should've earned him a cameo in Dope.

Every hero needs a lovable side kick, and tonight Schroeder found his in fellow benchie Mike Scott. Scott played your spark plug bringing life back into the Atlanta's defense.

LeBron James no longer seemed to be instilling his will. All of a sudden Paul Millsap is cleaning up the glass. Scott, a relative jobber, will forever have my love for those six minutes he gave in the third quarter. If that isn't enough he deserves it for being the biggest apple fan in the league. (I mean why is apple not paying this man money. Look at those tats.)

The third quarter ended with the hawks back within four points of the Cavs and made us think just maybe the Eastern Conference isn't the cakewalk it was chalked up to be. Alas, it was all too good to be true. LeBron turned on the muscle and it was pretty much over.

All of a sudden the script seems back on track. Cry not Atlanta, for Schroeder brought hope even if just for a quarter.

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Cavs Overcome Sleeves to Extend Series

Their jerseys were ugly, but their game wasn't.

No excuse needed tonight as the Cavaliers come out on top to force a game 6. Cleveland overcame questionable jerseys, a Klay Thompson barrage, and an oscar worthy performance from Anderson Varejao. All it took was a little of this

And a little of that

Last night, two superstars saved their own season in grand fashion. LeBron and Kyrie each scored 41 points, becoming the only teammates in NBA history to each score 40 in a Finals game. Those 82 points came on 61 percent shooting in a clinic on efficiency. E

ven if these beautiful numbers are set aside, haters are going to have a difficult time undermining the King and Uncle Drew. Quintessential Lebron returned in dramatic fashion. He was active on defense chasing down fast breaks for highlight blocks. The most pleasant surprise for Cleveland fans was the return of LeBron's jumper. If it decides to stick around this series may actually go to seven games.

Kyrie was with LeBron step for step. While he didn't showcase the Akron Hammer's two-way dominance, his offense was its own side show. Irving's footwork could've been misconstrued for that of an Olympic speed skater the way he slashed into the lane. He also provided LeBron with a viable catch and shoot option.

After Golden state lost Andrew Bogut, their most effective rim protector, to injury, Kyrie imposed his will in the paint without fear of repercussion. Draymond Green's convenient punishment has been served which should assuage the loss of Bogut for Game 6. The suspension of Green will be missed, as it brought out an impressive raw fanaticism from Dub fans.

Bandwagoners for Golden State are still pretty secure with the Dubs up 3-2 in the series. Cleveland can't expect once in a lifetime games from both James and Irving over the final two games. Someone else from the Cavs needs to step up. The obvious option is Kevin Love, but he appears mired in his own struggles. Until he escapes the muck or gets traded to Boston, he may want to avoid googling his own name. It's safe money to assume that when this finals ends Lebron won't be the only individual scapegoating Love.

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Just Like Old Times in Cleveland

It's like LeBron never left.

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't ever won an NBA championship, they got one game closer on Sunday. They beat the Hawks 100-99 for a four game sweep. This is the old Cavs we were so used to seeing for years. The departure of LeBron James in 2010 was a shock to Cavs fans and they did not exactly react well.

But now he is back and after their sweep of the Hawks on Sunday, they look better than ever and are giving Cavs fans hope that they can finally clinch a title with their new big three of LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Check out LeBron being clutch in game 4 and proving he is in top form and ready to bring a title home to Cleveland.

The Cavs will be making another Eastern conference finals appearance facing either the Toronto Raptors or the infamous (in Cleveland) Miami Heat. LeBron hit plenty of clutch shots in the series sweep of the Hawks, including that shot to give the Cavs a three point lead late in game four on Sunday, leaving the notoriously hilarious Hawks Twitter account to post this picture, representing their feelings towards the Cavs.

The Cavs shot 16-for-37 (43.2 percent) from downtown in game four, which, if sustained, would make their offense almost unstoppable. Game four was actually their worst three-point-shooting performance of the series. They made 77 out of 152 triples, or 50.7 percent, of their attempts from deep. It doesn't seem too sustainable, but if they did it for four games, who is to say they can't keep it up?

This fact should scare those other teams:

For the Cavs to win their first NBA Finals, they will have to go through Toronto/Miami then if they beat the winner of those teams, they will face either San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Golden State, or Portland. I feel confident they can handle OKC and Portland without too much trouble, but it is likely they will face either the Warriors or the Spurs, in which case, we are in store for a hell of an NBA Finals this year!

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Celtics Looked Good Wednesday, But Will Disappoint In The Playoffs

Boston fans are optimistic, but will be let down.

The Cavaliers lost 103-99 to the Boston Celtics in a game with 24 lead changes. The Celtics pulled out a close win against LeBron James and company at the TD Garden last night led by Isaiah Thomas with 31 points. LeBron James had his 7th triple-double of the year racking up 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists but it was not enough to beat the Celtics.

The victory puts Boston three games back behind Cleveland for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. As a preview for a possible Eastern Conference Finals matchup, many Celtics fans are now hopeful for a possible upset come playoff time. So could the Celtics pull out a upset in a seven game series against the Cavs?

Absolutely not

To start, Cleveland was without two huge contributors, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love. They were missed sorely last night and there offensive production would have more than made up for the four points they lost by.

Another reason: the Boston Celtics are 13-15 against teams with records above .500. There current position at the number two seed in the East is thanks largely to beating up on bad teams.

We can also look at the fact that Boston's adjusted defensive rating is ranked 21st in the league.

But the biggest reason Celtics fans will be disappointed come playoff time, the NBA is a superstar driven league. You need a superstar to win an NBA championship, if not two.

Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford are great players, but neither can call themselves a superstar. Isaiah Thomas has the worst defensive real plus-minus for any point guard that qualifies in the NBA (-4.46) and Horford has problems grinding out the necessary rebounds on most nights.

Cleveland cared more last night about playing Deron Williams and helping him get settled in their system. So sorry, Boston, no one in the Eastern Conference stands a chance against LeBron James' team.

P.S. Highlight of the game that wasn't a play: LeBron James almost falling on top of Bill Belichick.

"That's why I slowed up," James said. "I definitely slowed up because I knew it was him. I'm not taking no legend out. I'm not doing that. I need to keep seeing him win. That's pretty cool for me."