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Monday NBA grades: It’s LeBron’s world, we just live in it

May 13, 2014, 3:01 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking it’s a brilliant idea to raise pigs to taste like whiskey….

source:  LeBron James, Miami Heat. In Game 3 (a Brooklyn win) the entire Heat team had 13 shots in the restricted area. In Game 4 Monday night LeBron James was in his self-described “attack mode” and had 12 shots at the rim himself (making 11). LeBron had 25 points in the first half and finished with 49 points on just 24 shots. He carried the Heat offense. When LeBron is like this nobody can slow him, certainly not Paul Pierce (as Charles Barkley said on TNT about Pierce asking to guard LeBron, “he should have asked for a blindfold and a cigarette, too”). This is why you want LeBron on your team, he can win you a playoff games because he decides he wants to win a playoff game.

source:  Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers. He led Portland with 25 points on a night the Trail Blazers returned to the attacking, impressive offensive form that made them such a threat this season. Lillard had nine of his points in the fourth quarter, including five straight at one point to help kill a mini-run by the Spurs before things got too serious. This looked like the Lillard we saw all season, the attacking version (he was 6-of-9 inside 8 feet of the rim), the one the Spurs shut down the past few games. It was good to see him again, at least for a night.

  1. newyorkball82 - May 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    The entire team was constructed to keep you from the paint? I think they might have changed their game plan from the first couple of games but I don’t think they constructed the team based upon that. It’s all good. I don’t expect any agreement on anything here, but it is an open forum where we’re allowed to say what we want and express our own opinions.

  2. newyorkball82 - May 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Well there’s New York basketball, football, and baseball…

  3. reesesteel23 - May 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    This guy is the Ultimate hater lol

  4. nard100 - May 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    @newyorkball82 – What’s it going to be like when ‘Melo walks because he doesn’t want to strapped to a sinking ship for the next few years with no chance to win? I imagine all this bitter talk will reach crescendo then. Yeah it’s nice that you finally have a GM (maybe) that gets it, but you don’t have any money to get good players AND you are strapped with sorry ones for the next few years.

  5. jbeagles23 - May 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    All Knicks fans praise Carmelo for dropping 40 on 39 shots but call out lebron cause he drives too much?

  6. newyorkball82 - May 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    ^ pretty much sums it up…

  7. golfrangeman - May 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    @adoombray jersey sales are a direct indication of the popularity of an athlete and the only ones whining happen to be you and that NY idiot.

  8. johnheisman - May 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I am not a fan of either team but Lebron is the best player I have seen, I think he is better than Jordan. He certainly is not worse. The Heat are also not a big three they are a big 1. If Lebron takes his talents to Milwaukee they are a contender. Year after year, games come down to the 4th quarter and the Heat just give the ball to Lebron and he either scores, get fouled driving to the basket or both.

    Deron Williams has been doing nothing all series and I watched him in the 2nd half make terrible plays and no plays. What happened to this guy, He was supposed to be one of the best. Maybe he would be better as a sub.

    Paul Pierce cannot stay with Lebron but that is true of everyone on the Nets and just about everyone in the league. No one else is that big and strong and also that quick. Lebron also get calls and never gets called for traveling. I think Paul Pierce competes hard and can handle the pressure and make plays.. Those shots by Joe Johnson, Deron Williams etc were pathetic in the last 3 – 4 minutes. Pierce never touched the ball.

  9. prareedoggin - May 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    The Knicks are a joke and will be for several years and it kills him Lebron and the Heat are doing good. Get used to it man were gonna be here for awhile.

  10. pudgalvin - May 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    It’s a crying shame there’s no true rival for the Heat to play each year in the East, like the Knicks or the Pistons that the Bulls had in their heyday or the Lakers and Kings/Spurs in the early ’00’s. Instead you get a headcase Pacers team, a Nets team that would have been in their prime playing against Shaq and Kobe, not Lebron and Wade, and a Bulls team that has the worst luck of any team in recent memory. And when teams in the West take turns murdering each other, you don’t even get it in the Finals. It would have made for some awesome basketball, and instead, you get the Heat with another inevitable march to the Finals.

    • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Who represented the East in the Finals in 2010? That classic Boston Celtics team with Garnett, Allen, Pierce & Rondo.

      Who did the Heat beat in the playoffs in 2011 and 2012 to advance to the Finals? That classic Boston Celtics team with Garnett, Allen, Pierce & Rondo.

      Garnett’s Celtics – a championship squad loaded with hall of famers – was a much better team than Patrick Ewing’s Knicks, which in hindsight was kind of weak.

      The Heat are still battling those Celtics today (they’re called the Nets now).

    • antistratfordian - May 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      The Celtics with Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Rondo & Rivers are chopped liver, huh?

  11. bcb11 - May 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Oh. This newyork guy again. I’d figure any fans looking for this reasonable discussion should look elsewhere. He says differently, but it seems clear he’s got a line, newyorkball on one side and LeBron James on the other. Dislike him all you want, I wouldn’t contest a fan’s personal preferences, but to describe a near-50 point game as anything like average seems like more than that, something he claims isn’t there. I have as much say in deciding someone else’s opinion as every other commenter on here (that is to say, none) but from where I’m at, the newyork guy looks increasingly in denial.

  12. gostlcards5 - May 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    2 things:

    – Kurt, how the heck is 49 pts on 24 shots NOT an A+?
    – ….”(as Charles Barkley said on TNT about Pierce asking to guard LeBron, “he should have asked for a blindfold and a cigarette, too”)….” — that’s CLASSIC. Well played, Chuck.

  13. newyorkball82 - May 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Stats are funny. Nowadays they’ll make stats to make moments or games relevant for the sake of exciting fans. “This was the first time anyone has ever made a shot with their left hand while the crowd was on their feet and the other team only had 4 players that were in double digits.” I’m not that impressed by it, I’m sorry. It’s not like someone hasn’t scored 50 points in the playoffs before. Why was this so special? Like you’ve said before, Brooklyn is a sub-par defensive team. People are looking for any stat or proof to push Lebron into the GOAT status but he is far from it (imo). He’s genetically gifted, and has an advantage in how powerful he is, I’ll give him that, but people act as if he is superhuman.

    • terrence1922 - May 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Haterade lmao

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