When was the last time an NBA player admitted he traveled?
It was pretty obvious LeBron James traveled on his blown lay-up with five seconds left that might well have been a game-winner in regulation Monday night against the Wizards (the Cavaliers were down one at the time, the layup would have put the pressure on the Wizards). LeBron admitted that was no crab dribble, as reported by Chase Hughes of CSNMidAtlantic.com.
“The extra step that I took, which was a travel, threw me off of my rhythm. It was a point-blank layup and I missed it.”
Good to see LeBron own it. It also didn’t matter. The Cavaliers fouled after the rebound off LeBron’s miss, the Wizards hit the free throw to go up three, and then LeBron made the shot of the season.
“I was blessed to be in a position where I could make up for it. Kev [Love] game me a great pass, a play that we work on in practice.”
Kyrie Irving scored 11 points in overtime and the Cavaliers won 140-135.
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Everyone in the NBA — heck, nearly everyone living in the Western hemisphere — knew Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. That should kill the Cavaliers’ leverage and make it hard to get enough quality back.
New GM Koby Altman — the guy thrust into the job when David Griffin was shown the door — pulled it off brilliantly.
That’s what I talk about in this new PBT Extra. With Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, the Cavaliers remain the team to beat in the East this season. The Brooklyn Nets pick gives them flexibility going forward, whatever LeBron James decides to do next season.
First time at the plate in the big leagues and Altman crushed it to straight away center field.
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That is an incredible fact, one which speaks to LeBron James‘ cachet. The Cavs are emphasizing this season, LeBron’s last before a player option, by loading up with veterans Thomas and Crowder. With LeBron still reigning in Cleveland, the Celtics are delaying their peak by acquiring the younger Irving.
Adding to the intrigue: the Cavs and Celtics are still favored to meet in this year’s conference finals. At minimum, they’ll face off in a(n even more) highly anticipated opening-night matchup.