On the heels of his (dare I say majestic?) performance in Game 5 — 33 points (5-of-7 from 3PT range), seven rebounds and four assists — which helped to finish off the aging and injured Celtics, LeBron had this to say (ESPN):
“I knew deep down in my heart, as much as I loved my teammates back in Cleveland and as much as I loved home, I knew I couldn’t do it by myself against that team,” James said.
Why, LeBron? Why must you say stupid s#!t like this? You just helped to upend the team that has best represented the East for the last three seasons and then you have to turn around and slam your former teammates for not being good enough when you played Boston in the past.
It’s not even that you said they weren’t good enough. You said, “I couldn’t do it by myself” as if your teammates in Cleveland didn’t even show up for those series against the Celtics, like you were out there playing one on five. (No jokes about Mike Brown’s offense, please.)
LeBron was terrific down the stretch in Game 5, going 4-for-4 from the field (including 2-for-2 from 3PT range) and one assist in the final 3:43. Who knows, had he brought some of that game when he was with the Cavs, they may have won.
It also helped that the Celtics’ bench looked a little like an emergency room, with multiple players working out knee or ankle injuries while others lay prone on the floor, icing their backs.
In the waning moments, the Heat had the look of a team that just won the title, not one that won a Conference Semifinal. Maybe they’ll be able to put that emotion behind them to focus on the Bulls (or the Hawks, if they pull the upset), but that was quite the celebration for a team that has only won two playoff series.
I guess we should expect nothing less from the organization that held a celebration fit only for a title late last summer.