LeBron James stood frozen like a statue.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, LeBron missed a couple jumpers and asked out of Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He appeared to be cramping, no doubt due to the heat in San Antonio’s arena. I wasn’t sure he’d return.
But he re-entered three minutes later and drove for a layup. After making the shot – which put Miami within two – he didn’t get back on defense. He didn’t even get past the baseline. He just couldn’t move.
The Heat intentionally fouled to stop the action, and LeBron returned to the bench with 3:59 left. He remained there for a while, but he headed to the locker room before the game even ended.
Once LeBron left the game for good, the Spurs went on a 16-3 run on their way to a 110-95 win.
The images of LeBron’s tough night are absolutely brutal:
LeBron’s injury was a disappointing and unfortunate end to what had been an excellent game. Without LeBron, the Heat had no chance.
And he knows that.
LeBron is a gamer. He wasn’t going to let his team down if he could avoid it.
Michael Jordan couldn’t have played through that. Kobe Bryant couldn’t have played through that.
This is no time to question LeBron’s toughness – not that anything will stop those looking to criticize him.
Toronto Raptors stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are becoming one of the best duos in the NBA, on and off the court. They joked around in the locker room after their win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, 101-94, but the comedy started before the two even left the floor.
In a postgame interview with CSNNE DeRozan was asked what the message was at halftime from coach Dewane Casey.
DeRozan — with Lowry looking devious in the background of the shot — was gracious.
“Just get [Lowry] the ball,” DeRozan smiled.
Pleased with the result, Lowry responded with a “That’s a good message right there!” before running off to the locker room.
The interview continued to be interrupted, with Raptors big man Jared Sullinger giving the camera a drive by “DeMar for President!”
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount even showed up to show DeRozan some love.
The Golden State Warriors are so talented, perhaps the officials are predisposed to blowing whistles in their favor. At least, that’s the only explanation you could give to a Utah Jazz fan after seeing what happened between Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Utah’s Joe Johnson on Thursday night.
As Durant came off a curl on the far side of the court, he used a screen set by Curry on Johnson.
With the ball in his hands, Durant rose to fire but found himself locked in arms with another player. Durant’s shot attempt helplessly bounced away as he shot, and officials whistled Johnson on the play.
Of course, a closer look reveals that the player Durant’s arms were tangled up with was … Curry.
Yes, Curry had arm locked what he thought was Johnson on the screen but was instead his teammate and MVP candidate.
It didn’t matter, as referees awarded Durant the free throws, of which he only made 1 of 2.
Perhaps that’s some solace?
Golden State beat Utah, 106-99.
New York Knicks C Joakim Noah has an awkward jumper and free throw technique, there’s no denying that. His two-handed, horizontal approach to shooting a basketball is ripe for criticism.
DeMarcus Cousins thinks so, at least.
During a game between the Sacramento Kings and the Knicks, Cousins decided to give Noah a little tongue-in-cheek trolling about his form.
Looks about right.
The 1980s were back in Cleveland Friday night. Well, not completely, Bernie Kosar wasn’t leading the Browns to contention (although man, could they use him now).
No, the ’80s were back in the form of the throwback orange Cavaliers uniforms. And to complete the theme, the Cavaliers players dressed up and Rick-rolled the intro video — they did the complete “classic” Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” And it was awesome.
The Cavaliers won the game 114-84 over the Heat behind 28 from Kevin Love, but that was secondary to the intro video.