That battle for the top seed in the East wasn’t much of a battle. Because the Cavs just left the Celtics lifeless on the front curb, an absolute hospital job if there ever was one.
And I guess LeBron forgot that that game really didn’t matter and that he really didn’t care that much about it. Because that was the nonsense he was actually peddling yesterday before the game: just another game. Just one of 82. And just another meaningly swing through Boston:
Well my man didn’t play like it. Not when he went 36-10-6-and-2, filling up the stat sheet and going a ridiculous +32 in his 39 minutes, a straight samurai in a game where he didn’t put down his katana until he sent a very clear message that the East still goes through him.
Just a dominant, dominant performance. And a game where LeBron made it very clear — he’s not going anywhere without a fight, and he’s not about to give up the top seed to a Boston team that now essentially trails by two games with four to go, as Cleveland also holds the tiebreaker if both teams end up with the same record.
So on a night where the Celts had to have it, a night on their home court, the King blew them away. And that’s Cleveland WITHOUT starting center Tristan Thompson, who missed the game with a thumb injury. And after playing a late season game that was essentially over by halftime, Celtics star Isaiah Thomas owned it. “They were on a different level than us tonight. They played harder than us in every aspect of the game.” … AND “It’s very disappointing. We laid an egg tonight. There’s no way around that.”
Just when you think maybe these guys are in real trouble finally. Maybe they don’t have another gear; and when they go to throw the switch, nothing is going to happen. That LeBron has too many miles on him and is frustrated, frustrated enough to get hooked by LaVar Freaking Ball, just when it seems like it’s all going to hell after a 7-10 March… they rip off four in a row and curb stomp Boston in their own house, in a game the Celtics had to have. I still don’t know that LeBron can get the rest of these guys on his back and get them through another NBA Finals,… but I do know he can still get them there.
Because while one night doesn’t fix everything, it does show the King is still a stone cold killer and there’s really no one in the East that is a legitimate threat to him, or them.
Actions speak louder than words. And when the Celts get done picking their teeth out of the concrete, they’ll realize that as long as LeBron’s on the floor, the Cavs aren’t going anywhere.