A few quick thoughts from a frustrating loss in Chicago:
1. As diehard fans, most of us have watched Lebron for six years now. After that amount of time, you learn certain things about a player that you probably wouldn't know unless you'd been following his career closely. Tonight was a perfect example. To the casual fan, Lebron's jumper at the end of regulation was just a simple case of failed execution. As Cavs fans, however, we know better. We know that it was one of those rare times when Lebron's ego clouds his judgment. I am 95% sure that Lebron could've put the ball on the floor and either made a contested layup or drawn the foul. I'm 100% sure that Lebron could've put the ball on the floor and created an uncontested jumper for one of the Cavs' better shooters. He chose to do neither. Why? Because I think we all know that sometimes, for Lebron, winning isn't quite enough. Sometimes, he wants to win pretty with the Jordanesque jumper splashing down as the horn sounds.
Is this a criticism? I mean I guess it could be construed that way but it's just something I accept in the same way that I accept Lebron saying dumb stuff about other markets. I know it's counterintuitive to everything we're supposed to believe in but the simple fact is that Lebron truly is bigger than the Cavs. So when he wants to do something a certain way, even if it's not necessarily in the best interest of the team, we just have to suck it up and deal. Thankfully, as far as superstars go, Lebron seems to be a very team-oriented guy so those selfish moments are few and far between.
2. The West injury is really really going to hurt the teams' permimeter defense over the next couple of weeks. I think realistically, 4-3 over their next 7 would be a moral victory for the Cavs. Things could get really ugly. Sasha Pavolovic is truly terrible in every sense.
3. The only trend that I see developing that really bothers me is that Mike Brown lets the team go into the high screen offense at the end of every single close game. There is absolutely no reason to do that until the last couple of posessions (where you are basically counting on Lebron getting to the line). There is a reason the offense went from terrible to respectable: Movement. Letting everyone stand around and watch Lebron for a full quarter is unnecessary.
Happy weekend everyone.