Saturday, June 02, 2007

The day LBJ saved the NBA

LeBron, the hero of GM 5, congratulates Gibson, the hero of GM 6 as the Cavs head to the Finals

The San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons were both supposed to make it to the NBA Finals this year.

The Spurs fulfilled their end of the deal.

But somebody forgot to send LeBron James and the Cavaliers a copy of the script.

Tonight the James Gang flipped that NBA script right on its old guard as the upstart Cavs knocked off the 5-time Conference finalist Pistons to reach its first Finals in Cleveland history.

James (20 pts, 14 rebs, 8 ass) didn't have the monster game like he had in Game 5, but he didn't need to. With a career-high 31 points from rising star guard Daniel Gibson and another solid defensive effort that helped limit Tayshaun Prince to five points and Chauncey Billips to nine, the Cavs used a complete team effort to defeat the ultimate "team" in the league.

And so LeBron, dubbed the next Jordan, the face of the NBA, and the franchise since entering the league four years ago, will lead his team to the Finals faster than any young phenom this side of Dwayane Wade, and if the energized, youthful Cavs were to knock off the stoic, playoff veteran Spurs, when then there would be a new poster boy for in the NBA.

And his name is King James.

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