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Cancel Game 4

LeBron has hurt the Raptors and the City of Toronto enough.

May 07, 2018 - 9:54 am
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How was your Saturday night? Get up to anything interesting? Because LeBron James did. He killed an entire city. Again.

Look, I know at this point, we’ve seen everything there is to see and nothing is supposed to impress anyone. But what LeBron James is doing right now is beyond impressive. And what he is doing the city of Toronto is beyond obscene. It’s downright unfair. It’s stupid. It’s criminal.

He drove the length of the court and tossed up a floater and nailed it. And he did it so casually. So effortlessly. That looked like a dad playing against five year olds in the driveway. Not an NBA player against five other NBA players in Game 3 of the playoffs. 

I don’t know how many times I’ve watched that shot and I still can’t wrap my head around it. One-handed, off the glass, while drifting toward the baseline, and it’s so easy. It’s so casual that even in real time, it looked like it was in slow motion. And he had to go the length of the floor to do it. 

To recap the series: LeBron and Cleveland trailed all of Game 1 and then ripped it in overtime. They blew out Toronto in Game 2. And then did that in Game 3. Three games, three different ways of wrecking and tormenting  the Raptors.

And this latest one might have been the worst because you knew exactly how it was going to happen from the moment he got the ball. And he still did it. And he still made it look so easy.  

LeBron said it looked easy because he’s been taking shots like that for a while. "I’ve been doing that since I was like six, seven, eight years old. Maybe even before that. There's a picture floating around of me beside a Little Tikes hoop with a saggy Pamper on and I was doing it back then and all the way up until now, at 33.”

So if LeBron’s going to make it seem pretty casual and like it’s no big thing, then let’s ask other NBA players what they made of it.

Dirk tweeted: Tough shot. Makes it look easy....

D’Angelo Russell: We really witnessing History

And the Raptors official account just tweeted a screen full of angry emojis.

I get it. I’d be doing that if I were the Raptors, too.

Toronto threw everything they had at Cleveland in the final quarter. They battled, and brawled to tied it up. And then LeBron did that to them. And even worse, he did it right in front of their bench. They’re going to have this playing in their heads for a long, long time. Forever.

That’s why I’m calling on the NBA to cancel Game 4. Not just because this series is over, because it is. But because LeBron has hurt the Raptors and the city of Toronto enough. How much punishment can one team and one city take? It’s too much. It’s gone too far. Pull this guy off them. The team. And the town.

I completely respect the Raptors and I know that they’re going to give it everything they have in Game 4. Whatever they have left in the tank, they’re going to pour it out. I just don’t know what’s left in there. How could there be anything left after LeBron has done this to them time and time again.

I’m not saying the Raptors should quit. I know they never would. Dwane Casey, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and the rest of that crew is too proud and too tough to just pack it in. But I wouldn’t blame them if they did. 

I wouldn’t blame them if they just held a vote in the locker room before the game and said, we’re good. We don’t need to go through with this. Let’s head back to Toronto and see if Brad Stevens can do something about this LeBron James situation.

But they won’t do that. They’ll show up tonight and they’ll give it everything they have. And if history is a guide, LeBron will find a new and different way to stab them in the heart, carve it out of their chest and make them eat it. That’s what he does. And he does it to Toronto more than anyone else. Losing is one thing. But losing to this guy, the way they do, is something totally different. And I’m not sure I’m man enough to watch it happen again. And I don’t even have a dog in this fight.