December 2, 2010, a day all NBA fans have had circled on
their calendars’ for months. This game was easily one of the most anticipated
games of the season. LeBron James and the Miami Heat, return to faceoff against “The King’s” former team the Cleveland Cavaliers. When the Heat entered the arena, LeBron
was greeted with thousands of fans booing his arrival. LeBron followed with his
usual pregame ritual of powdering his hands and throwing it into the air.
Needless to say Cleveland fans were no longer impressed by his antics.
From the opening tip, with every touch of the ball, LeBron
was showered with intense booing. It didn’t take long for LeBron to heat up.
James seemed to thrive on the hatred aimed toward him finishing the first half
with 14 points and 6 assists. During the 3rd quarter “The King” took
over shooting the lights out (10-12, 24pts). LeBron finished the night with 38
points, and that was without playing a single minute in the 4th
quarter. The game proved to be a blowout ending in the Heat’s favor 118-90.
For a game that had so much hype it was amazing how
Cleveland came out and laid an egg. The game was out of reach after the first
quarter, so fans had to find other ways to amuse themselves. Near the half way
point in the 4th it was reported that some fans from the upper deck
were thrown out of there seats as fighting broke out. Talk about another
heartbreak in Cleveland. After the game, LeBron was professional as could be
saying that he respected the fans and that he has no ill will towards them.
Another thing I noticed while watching the game was that the
Heat seemed to play with a lot more flow on the offensive end when LeBron and
Wade were not on the court at the same time.
The floor was more spaced out when the pair alternated minutes for much
of the game. While it worked well tonight against another sub .500 team, I’m
not so sure it will have the same results against playoff caliber competition.
It will be interesting to see how the Heat mesh throughout the course of the
season. I for one won’t be betting against them even after a slow start.