No, he didn't say it. But he thought it. I guarantee.
He never said it. He should have. But he didn't.
Through all the criticisms and the doubts, LeBron James held is own and looked straight forward; no where else, only forward. Following a 2-0 series deficit, LeBron James has played his best basketball in this series for the past two games to tie the series 2-2. The audience of the Eastern Conference Finals questioned LeBron James' "over-hyped" ability and his leadership after two losses with sub-par games; highlighted by the Game 1 pass-up on a drive and gave the biggest shot of the game away to Donyell Marshall, who missed. However, in the past two games, LeBron James has just been phenomenal in bringing his team back to knot this series. Time and time again in the past games, it looked as if Detroit was finally going to stop fooling around and ruin' the Cavalier-moment, only to find LeBron's foot down their throat. After two painful losses with ugly sequences in the closing-seconds, and only up by two points with only over 30 seconds left in Game 3 and in-danger of watching the Pistons steal another game from the edges of their fingertips, LeBron James just thought to himself, "Dear world, kiss my ass." and rose above every single soul in the Quicken Loans Arena and drained the dagger to ice the victory.
I watched in awe as he drained that jump-shot; erase the Game 1 pass and the Game 2 muffs in the dying seconds, LeBron James owned the Pistons in Game 3. When I finally moved on from the awesome Game 3 victory, I started to wonder how the Cavaliers will fare for Game 4. Will they be a tease and lose Game 4, practically ending the series; or will LeBron do a repeat of a phenomenal performance and knot the series 2-2? First of all, Larry Hughes was questionable for Game 4, not that he contributes squat. Second, the loss could have served as a wake-up call to the Pistons to finally start playing some basketball and make some adjustments to the Cavalier's game.
Tonight, the questions were answered. LeBron James was not as spectacular as he was in Game 3, but the results were just as sweet. James, grown stoic of pressure, iced the game with his almost impeccable free throw shooting in Game 4; often criticized for his awful free throw shooting, LeBron James shot 8/9 FTs, with every single point being as big as any other shot this whole series.
Hands down LeBron James, eyes off Detroit Pistons. The King has arrived.
LeBron James Game 3: 32 points, 9 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals
LeBron James Game 4: 25 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Daniel Gibson and Drew Gooden ONLY, to Full Court: "Kiss our asses."
They didn't say it. I doubt they even thought it. But I'd like to believe that they would if they knew what I had said of them.
I still believe that the Cleveland Cavaliers is a one-man-team and the rest of LeBron's teammates are either mediocre or trash, but at least for tonight, Daniel Gibson and Drew Gooden proved their worth and displayed one hell of a performance for one of the biggest games of their careers (only for the moment).
Daniel Gibson played one of those games that somewhat creates careers for the second-round draft picks. Big performance on a big game. Gibson scored 21 big points for the Cavaliers and was perfect from the charity line. If their season ended today, I doubt anyone would over-look Daniel Gibson anymore.
Drew Gooden on the other hand, scored seven big points in the decisive fourth quarter, and became instrumental in the 12-2 Cavs run to rally and take the lead for good in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. I applaud you Drew Gooden.
However, I don't know why Mike Brown insists on Larry Hughes. He was horrible enough healthy, how horrible can he be when injured? I don't even think he can be put in the same class as Willis Reed to expect the Cavs to pull off a "Willis-Reed". If LeBron James went down, pulled a "Willis-Reed" and the Cavaliers won the game with totally no statistical contribution from James, I would personally rip off the Willis-Reed-moment from the history books and replace it with the LeBron-James-moment. It's an exaggeration, you've got to love Willis Reed, I'm just making a point.
Now that it's down to a best-of-3 series, will the Cavaliers pull off a win in Game 5 to take the series lead? Can LeBron James overcome his greatest obstacle yet and lead the Cavaliers to a win on the road? Will the Pistons finally play like a playoff team? All that and more in Game 5 of Pistons-Cavaliers.