3. LeBron Homecoming
The script was set for a Cleveland Cavaliers blowout victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday. It was the Cavs first meaningful game since 2010 when James was on the team. The city was buzzing. LeBron was calling it “the biggest sporting event ever”. The Knicks were coming off an ass whooping at the hands of the Chicago Bulls just the night before. But, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks had other plans.
Anthony put up 25 points, including the game clincher over LeBron in a 95-90 victory in the Knicks’ only trip to Cleveland. LeBron played poorly shooting 5-for-15 for a paltry 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Not a king’s performance. LeBron’s new star sidekicks Kevin Love (19 points & 14 rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (22 points) played better than their captain, but still not enough to upend an explosion by the Knicks bench who outscored the Cavs bench 41-34.
Much like the Heat four years ago, the Cavs are going to have that growing process. Luckily they rebounded with an overtime victory at Chicago the next night, but early on the Cavs will lose some games. That 2010 Heat team started 9-8 before everything started to click. So don’t overreact to every Cavs loss and get your wins against this team while you can, because if you think the Cavs are going to be like this in May or June then you are a fool.