Keenan Delouis (Correspondent)
LeBron James has had a career that shot out of a cannon dating back to when he was a 16 year old high school phenom. About 17 years later and currently in his 15th NBA season, he has not slowed down and there is no end of his dominance in sight.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a roll in the 2018 postseason, and all of the work has been put on LeBron’s shoulders to carry the roster through the first two rounds as they head in to the Eastern Conference Finals.
“What he has been doing in this postseason is amazing right now, and I don’t know how much he has left in his tank, but he’s certainly adding to his legacy,” said junior Rahul Gupta.
The Cavs went the distance with the Indiana Pacers, led by first time All-Star Victor Oladipo as they squeezed out a Game 7 win on their home floor at the Quicken Loans Arena. In the second round, they surprisingly swept the Toronto Raptors while LeBron out played the star studded backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
“I don’t think anyone expected the Pacers to put up such a strong fight, and I don’t think anyone expected the Cavaliers to handle the Raptors as swiftly as they did, so I guess it just shows how up and down the Cavs have been this season but thankfully LeBron is able to hold the team up at age thirty three,” said freshman Jacob Gavrilov.
“The King” is currently averaging almost thirty three points a game, nine rebounds, and nine assists heading into Game 2 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“It’s no surprise to me that LeBron is putting up the numbers he puts up every night in these playoffs, but if he continues to win and advance throughout the Eastern Conference and win another NBA title, there is going to be very little argument as to who is the greatest of all time,” said junior Aaron Strong.
After an embarrassing performance in Boston for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James and the rest of Cleveland look to erase the twenty five point loss out of their heads and steal Game 2 in the Garden before heading back to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.
“Marcus Morris was completely right when he said he’s the second best defender on LeBron. In fact, he might be the best defender on LeBron after how well he played and held LeBron to just fifteen points while shooting five for sixteen from the field,” said junior Theo Kosmadakis.
Looking ahead to Game 2 tonight, it’s most likely not going to be the same rodeo as Game 1 as superstars of LeBron James’ caliber never have two bad games in a row, especially in the playoffs.
“I can see LeBron going off for about forty or so tonight. I feel like he’s very angry with himself on how he and his team played, so he’s going to take matters into his own hands and look to attack and be aggressive early,” said sophomore Naleeya Osman.
After Game 2 on Tuesday in TD Garden, the monster game featuring a forty two point triple double from LeBron James wasn’t enough to propel the Cavaliers to a win over the Boston Celtics.
LeBron came out firing on all cylinders as he dropped twenty one out of the twenty seven points Cleveland scored while going four for seven from three point line.
The LeBron show was no match for the entirety of the Boston Celtics, as the team’s consistent play throughout all forty eight minutes were no match for LeBron’s “hero ball”.
“Game 2 was crazy man, I mean it was just absolutely nuts man. I had no clue LeBron was going to come out so hot like he did. Especially when he hit that deep turn around jumper in front of Marcus Smart’s face, I was just amazed,” said freshman Jacob Gavrilov.
“This right here should show the world how legit this team is. Even when LeBron comes in to town and has one of his best games of the season, this team prevails and comes out victorious with good team play, not just relying on one player like the whole state of Ohio is doing right now,” said junior Theo Kosmadakis.
Jaylen Brown was the leader for this important Game 2 win, as he scored twenty three points and grabbed six rebounds.
“It’s becoming more and more clear that Jaylen Brown is going to be really good for years to come. He plays fearlessly and loves to take the big shots. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Celtics manage the playing time when Hayward comes back next season,” said junior Ben Reinbold.
Game 3 is on Saturday in Cleveland as LeBron and company hope to even the series with their next two home games.