SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports Jeff Zillgitt breaks down what we can expect from Cleveland in the Eastern Conference after LeBron re-runs James and the Toronto Company.
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I know that, because unfortunately it was me there. This exact bet, that exact prediction, that particular piece of idiocy, was made just over a week ago.
The punishment for doing such silly things in this day and age is to be mocked at social media, which is not only to be expected, but in this case fully earned. With every dynamic and electrifying James performance against the Toronto Raptors, the lesson was ripped home loud and clear.
Do not bet against LeBron James. Write it over and over on a blackboard, if need be. Just do not do it.
Whatever you think about whatever your opponent's strength is, whatever logic dictates that King James & # 39; s crown can slip out, keep that voice in the back of your mind and drown them with loud music
Forget the numbers, regardless of whether they are played in the form of age, seeding or minutes. Sure, those sneaky saber tricks hinted that James had little chance of extending his long and glorious postseason. Toronto – reading the numbers – was better, deeper, younger, more talented, and significantly better-off.
But the numbers do not tell you much about the soul, and the Raptors were a team without one, mainly because James got in and reached out in Game 1, whatever was in their chest, then again with a Game 3 Summer Batter just as it looked as if a pulse would flare up again.
Sweep: LeBron, Cavs expels Raptors for the third season
Knick challenges LeBron: & # 39; prove & # 39; that you're king of New York
Not made yet: 76ers convert to Celtics in Game 4 to avoid a second-round sweep
And that's the thing with numbers. There are so many of them that you do not know when you look at the right ones. Those who were important this time were not those who set out how much more energy James and his Cavs had spent on the semifinal of the conference, but Stat said, "Of course he would make it deeper into the playoffs."
Each year since 2011, James-led teams have either won the NBA championship or at least presented the Eastern Conference in the final.
It takes a special kind of stupidity to make oneself silly by breaking this weight of history, as well Support someone who is one of the greatest of all time. Someone with a track record that defies the critics and ends the implausible, who likes nothing more than to carry his team on its back, against a group that had a great regular season but had previously shown mental weakness – against the same opposition, not less.
Nothing makes you so stupid. Well, not again.
This time it looks like the Boston Celtics, which will be the last hurdle blocking his path. Yes, these Celtics, practiced coached, hungry, full of spirit, with home-advantage, and hey, maybe that's their time and …
Yeah, not so fast. Let's not go there. Of course, there's a chance that Boston will win, assuming it passes the Philadelphia 76ers for sure.
But, again, you're an idiot to bet against James. He will not make the finale forever and there will be a day he does not, neither this month nor next year or the next decade.
Just do not bet against it, be it the contents of your wallet at a Vegas Sportsbook, the price of a round of beer with your buddies, or even agree to switch your Twitter avatar for a few weeks like an idiot, who should have known better.
You have been warned. This is LeBron James.
Failure causes him to seek reparation with rabid intensity. The success makes him hungry for even more. Be too strong and he will steam you, hit him hard and raise a lion that already has espresso. He draws extra from teammates when they shoot, and carries them on his shoulders when they are not.
Not only does he play with house money, he is the house. He still does not have the strongest support, but his other benefits are so great that the odds are overwhelming. In a sport where a dominant individual can dictate the whole event, he is superior to the rest.
You might think that JR Smith, Kyle Korver and Kevin Love are just so much more, what Boston will do will have more steadfastness than Toronto, and if that fails, at least Houston or Golden State will be safe to stack. You can weigh it, analyze it, talk about it so much that you're sure that James is about to be reduced to his size.
Think about it, if you like, but for God's sake, just do not take the bet. Do not be an idiot.
episode USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers on Twitter @RogersJourno .
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