In listening to this the last few days, one thing is clear: the media makes the stories. LeBron didn't do himself any good by discussing it after his silly lefty free throw, either. The fact remains that it is something to talk about and a storyline. Just like in all of sports, the networks are constantly looking forr the grabber for the casual fan to the crazed fan. LBJ served it up after the Chicago series on wince at a time.
Now listen, the reason he "under-performed" last night had everything to do with a tough rotating and swarming defense, with all-around good Celtics play. He was constantly chased around and unable to get free. He settled for threes at times late in the game. However, make no mistake that the arm will not stand in his way. He will be there throughout the series. He is the MVP, after all.
I can't help though but to reminisce about another Cleveland series back in '85. Does anyone remeber Cleveland yelping for one Mr. L. Bird? And does anyone remember his response, "If they want me, they'll get me...both barrels!" At which point he strode out and proceded to destroy the Richfield warriors with 34 and 14. All of this after MISSING Game 3! Let's be clear here. Mr. James hasn't missed any time. Sure, like many vets, he's banged up at this time of year, but he's playing. Bird was getting the elbow drained and was so bad he missed a game. This is the same guy who used to spend the night in traction in the hospital then go to the games and play against Indiana at the end of his career. So let's just cut it out on the elbow please. Lot's of guys have played in pain, so stop it. Stop making it a story ESPN and TNT! You guys are over shadowing the great wake-up call the Celtics experienced seven games ago, when the playoffs started. By the way, could you imagine what the networks would have done, what bloggers would have said, the tweets about Larry in '85? To steal one from Dick Enberg, "Oh My!"
Enjoy the ride people! This may be it. This team has morphed into the 3.0 version of the KG era. Not the supremely dominant 2008 1.0 model. This is something new. With a stronger smarter Rondo and a defensive renewal. This club may actually get it done. There is pleanty of room on the bandwagon...just leave your elbow pads behind.