BOSTON – There are people who put legacy in columns, accounting for the overall report in an accounting manner.
And there are people who are willing to work in gray areas, in terms of nuances and circumstances
Some will say that Michael Jordan has won six titles and Kobe Bryant has won five (Bill Russell won 11) but usually not included in the count discussion), and LeBron James has three, and that's the.
in the column that is.
But for those with prospects, James has done something in this postseason that deserves to be recognized and revered. The game 7 win in Boston Sunday earned James a silver trophy and not a gold trophy. It does not feel right to put this achievement alongside the titles.
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Still, it does not seem fair to include them in the list of Eastern Conference titles and keep going. It is the responsibility of basketball fans who are willing to explain to those who do not know or have not yet been born or may not know what James did this season.
It will be easy to minimize this once The Cleveland Cavaliers will be happy that Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were injured, that the Boston Celtics were too young, that the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors were not worthy opponents. To wave it off with a whole generation of other Eastern Conference candidates who have, to some degree, become faceless in James's allegiance.
That would be a disadvantage for James and a bad service for the history of the game. Dear James, or hate James, his achievement deserves the respect to understand the genuineness of this achievement and to keep it true.
For example, James had 35 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 turnovers in Game 7. That's an excellent game. It's not an eternal James game – it's frankly a Borderline Top 10 performance right in this postseason. If you just look at the columns, it would be easy to include them in the crowd of James's immense playoff résumé.
What to understand came when James played in his 100th consecutive game of the season. That he played his third game in five days. That he was treated around the clock on his right leg after playing for 46 minutes to stave off the elimination 48 hours earlier. He played every 48 minutes in a playoff game for the first time since 2006, when he was 21 years old. In the fourth quarter, he had 4 of 6 shots, three rebounds and four assists after playing 3,757 minutes this season, more than anyone else in the club.
For those who were close to James in the hours after a game or before he gets on the massage table or after getting off the plane in the middle of the night, they can not believe he keeps coming back to this Get up.
"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we came here," said Cavs manager Ty Lue. "The great quote from the great Doc River is," You always want to go to Game 7 with the best player, "and we have the best player in our team going into Game 7. I like our chances, and he's delivered again . "
Here is the delivery situation: He has won six games 7 in the past 10 years, two of them on the road. He has won seven of the last eight knockout games in which he has played three of them in this postseason. And he has come down 2-0 in a series and has won three times in his career. This has only happened 20 times in seven games in NBA history.
The two times he has lost Game 7 were in Detroit in 2006 and in Boston in 2008. He has since beaten the Pistons four times in the playoffs and he is. He has now received the Celtics five times in a row.
He will go to the NBA Finals as an outsider, no matter who's playing the Cavs, for the seventh time in his nine travels. There is an above-average chance that this season will not end in his fourth title and instead ends in his sixth final loss. And for those who use the pillars, they can use it to smash it.
"Jesus Christ, you think you're frustrated, how do you want to get there eight times and not win?"
Jerry West said in 2011, when James called after losing his second final in his eighth season and looking for a shoulder to keep crying. West told James that he wanted to get off several times after losing the first eight finals in which he had played. Once while jogging in Los Angeles, he was chased by a passerby and he was brought to the brink of murder. West is bitter about the story to this day, he just frowns.
When he turns 80 on Monday, historians have done a lot better to him. He was known as "Mr. Clutch" and more recently "The Logo". Nuance, grainy highlights, and oral traditions have made West's legacy strong. He was done right.
The same respect is due to James. The season's trials, the details of weakening his team, and the weekly challenges he had to overcome while shouldering an unbelievable load, put him in an absurd position for Game 7. The Cavs had nothing to do with them before them Month against the Pacers should have lost.
The Cavs had a long celebration in their locker room after the game. Teams have not celebrated on this piece of land, be it TD Garden or the adjacent property where the Boston Garden once stood. James had some of his darkest moments in this locker room.
Then he summed it up.
"It was roses," James said. "There were thorns, there was everything you could ask for, I said, it was one of the toughest seasons I've ever had."
Ok, so no championship in the name, but it smelled just as cute.