Other than being mind-numbingly boring, last night’s Heat-Cavaliers game was just sad.
That’s really all it was. It was a sad night for the city of Cleveland. I’d even say that it was sadder than the day that LeBron skipped town for South Beach. The entire city was one big cauldron of pent-up emotion, ready to release it all for LeBron’s return.
They had their chants ready. They had their signs. They had their T-shirts.
When LeBron came out for warm-ups, the crowd gave him a “standing boo.” The PA guys played the Darth Vader theme song when the Heat’s lineup was announced. The fans booed every time LeBron touched the ball in the first quarter. But it didn’t matter, and it didn’t last long.
The Heat won 118-90.
LeBron hit the first shot he took, and that should’ve been a sign. The Cavs, despite having every reason to get up for this game, were only in it for about five minutes. The Heat were up eight after the first quarter and only extended the lead from there.
In his biggest game of the young season, LeBron had his best game. He scored 38 points to go along with five rebounds and eight assists—and he didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
Overall, it was one of the most boring games I’ve seen in a long time. Cleveland fans were looking for any reason to cheer, but their team gave them nothing. It was like watching one of those terrible Super Bowl games, except I didn’t have any boxes to keep me interested—and I was alone in my basement.
So what do we take from this game? Not much that we didn’t already know.
Cleveland has some great fans, but their team just isn’t any good. And in case anyone forgot, LeBron James is still one of the best basketball players on the planet.