Enjoy the accolades, LeBron James. You’ve earned it.
I remember my birthday back in 2010. I remember it very well. It wasn’t because of a party because I didn’t have one. I didn’t go out, but I stayed home that day. But that day stood out to me because it was also the same day as “The Decision.” That day made me dislike LeBron James.
I wasn’t going to deny that he was a talented player. But the way he left Cleveland, the way he was so immature about so many things and then the way he handled the decision, made me think that the spotlight was too big and he wasn’t ready to handle it.
I took joy in seeing the Heat lose their first year together. I cringed last season when they won the title. But now, after a thrilling third appearance in the Finals and a second straight title, I’ve finally let it all go.
If you haven’t caught wind of it, last night gave us a major glimpse of how bad these Heat “fans” are. Their team is down five with less than a minute to go. If you’ve watched the NBA at any point in time in your life, you know that a deficit like that can be overcome. Especially with a team that talented like the Heat, you can’t just assume that the game is over.
But apparently these Heat fans thought so. The mass exodus of the arena is pretty embarrassing. What’s even worse is that when they found out the game went into overtime, they all tried to get back into the arena. The “No Re-Entry” policy was in effect and nobody was allowed to get back in.
I’ve always made fun of the Heat bandwagon fans and now the local and national media have joined me. This is embarrassing and it surprises me why anyone who paid good money to see a game would leave the game early. It wasn’t like a double-digit blowout. But of course, these are the things only basketball fans would know.
What a block!
After two games, I have learned a few things about the Spurs and Heat.
The first thing that stood out to me is that this Spurs team is way better than I thought. Even though I got to watch them play against the Warriors, it appears that the extra rest they got before the Finals really did them wonders. They’re smarter with their ball handling and Tony Parker seems to be at another level right now.
The Heat also seem to be very relaxed. Despite their Game 1 loss, they knew that they had a must-win for Sunday. They came out and dominated, setting us up for one great series.
The future is bright for this squad.
I was listening to the local radio earlier this week and they talked about the difference between the We Believe run the Warriors had in 2007 compared to the Warriors playoff team this year. There were numerous differences between the two teams, such as the offensive playbook, the personalities of the players and other variables.
But one topic stood out to me more than any other: this year’s Warriors team had staying power.
Looking back at this Warriors team after their second round exit, I don’t feel the same way as I did back in 2007 when that team was eliminated. That team, despite being fun to watch, were filled with a bunch of players that were good but obviously were never going to be part of a long-term solution. This year’s team is the exact opposite. This year’s team is just the foundation of something special.
After the Game 1 loss, I thought the Warriors lost all the momentum. But I knew if they won Game 2, the momentum would be on their side.
That’s exactly what happened. Game 2 was won and the Warriors were back in the driver’s seat.
Then the Spurs won Game 3 and it looked like they were in control. The Warriors had to win Game 4 to stay alive and that must-win scenario came the Warriors won.
Now we don’t know who’s in control. Maybe the pressure is back on the Spurs to win. Or it’s on the Warriors to steal that one game right now. Who knows?
Momentum is a crazy thing. This series is giving us some good basketball. What fun!
This happened last night. Nazr Mohammed (he’s still playing) grabbed LeBron James to prevent an open court attacked. James then responded by throwing Mohammed down. James received a technical and while he was arguing it, Mohammed shoved James to the floor.
James initiated it by not only throwing Mohammed to the floor, but arguing like he was the victim. Then of course as a reaction to that, Mohammed did something he shouldn’t have done by retaliating.
And there’s the argument for whether or not James flopped or he seriously fell over that much.
Both are wrong here and with the rivalry budding between these two teams, I don’t expect anything less. I’m OK with this really.
Stephen Curry gave all he got but tired out at the end.
Crazy game. Crazy ending.
As a basketball fan, it was fun to watch. As a Warriors fan, it stings. But hey, it’s not that bad.
One of the things that I like to do before big games is really put things in perspective. And for the Warriors, their goal was to return back home with the series tied 1-1. That still is in play. Despite the tough loss in Game 1, they can still accomplish their goal and be on the right track.
Sure, they could have won tonight and all the what ifs could be erased. But for this kind of a team, maybe this loss isn’t as bad as it may seem.
I don’t want to go into a long-winded post, but I just want to say that I am so happy I was able to make it back up to the Bay to catch last night’s game.
The crowd was great. Not as great as We Believe, but still the best crowd in the NBA. The place was electric from beginning to end and what Steph Curry did in the third quarter was legen… wait for it… dary! I was just amazed at the show he put on.
The Warriors are in great position to finish this off Tuesday. I hope they do so they get some rest before facing a tough Spurs team.
I remember when We Believe happened. I went to those games. I loved it. The arena was unbelievable. The games were fantastic.
This Warriors team brings hope to a Bay Area fanbase that wants more. We love our basketball and this is so great for us. It’s our time to shine!
I can’t wait to see what holds for this young team. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. The Warriors are not the top team, but in the playoffs, anything can happen. Let’s finish strong!!