110%, as in Lebron gave 110%. Seriously, it was awkward being in attendance and watching this guy play as if it were Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Perhaps he was channeling his inner MJ, wanting to win no matter what the circumstance. I still think someone should have approached him and said, "Hey man, it's the preseason. Go through the motions like everyone else so you don't make an ass out of yourself."
At this point, you may be wondering what this whole "Stat of the Game" thing is about. Well, your local analysts, Eric Blase and I, will be giving you a 'Stat of the Game' as part of PtR's recap. We will also write a "Stat of the Week" article that will be a full-out analysis in which we overwhelm you with numbers and graphs. But the "Stat of the Game" posts will simply give us an excuse to do what we love, that is write.
So, back to Lebron. He gave his signature baby powder move pre-game. You know, where he throws baby powder into the air as if he his Achilles about to take on the Trojans. I still think winning a championship should be a prerequisite to posing as a Greek god, but that's just me.
He also spent a good amount of time arguing with the scab refs. Apparently, they did not meet Lebron's expectations. Lebron even took an extra 20 seconds to berate an official after they had sent him to a free throw line. Maybe they called a block when it should have been a hack? Who knows? But Lebron was sure to correct them.
At one point, James took the ball to the hole three straight times. By this I mean he put his head down and went one on five three straight times. He was given the bailout call each time which was lucky since he was not converting any of those attempts without some scab help.
In the third quarter, a play was blown dead so Mason launched an innocent three pointer. I mean, it's preseason right? It's just a scrimmage, why not? Lebron was having none of it. He leaped into the air and snagged the ball with his right hand. He slammed the ball into his left as he stared Mason down. It's somewhat difficult to articulate how absurd Lebron was being, but I think you get the idea.
Lebron finished the game with 22 points in 20 minutes and we were all very proud and extremely impressed. With their preseason performance, it is apparent that the Cavs will be playing every game this regular season as if it's a must-win. Lebron solidified my belief that the Cavs have not figured out that they, and the Mavs, are the only teams in the NBA that take the regular season seriously. They will have a great record this season. They will probably only lose twice at home. And they will fall short of the championship yet again. You heard it here.