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UPDATE: Get Ready For Some More LeBron James Overanalyzing

Update: The Cleveland Cavaliers erased thoughts of a demoralizing summer, a horrible season and a record-setting losing streak with one win.

The Cavs outworked and beat the Heat, 102-90. LeBron finished with a triple-double — 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists — but that won’t be remembered. He actually did nothing memorable in this game. The Cavs never trailed and led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter. The Heat made a couple of runs, cutting the lead to two in the middle of fourth quarter, but could never get over the hump.

I’m sure some pundits will credit this loss to LeBron’s absence during the player introductions. It must have ruined the team’s flow or something. It caused Chris Bosh to shrink in the face of Ryan Hollins’ defense. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

I want that to be fully sarcastic, but I know someone will say that in all seriousness just to get some cheap reads.

For what it’s worth, LeBron said after the game that he missed the introductions because he was using the restroom.


LeBron James and the Miami Heat are in Cleveland tonight, so you know something weird is going to happen.

We didn’t have to wait long.

As LeBron’s name was announced during pregame lineup introductions, one thing was missing: LeBron James. He waited for the team’s starting five to be announced before making his way out of the tunnel and into the huddle, avoiding the inevitable chorus of boos that came with mention of his name.

I’ve never seen that before. I’m sure someone such as Skip Bayless will point to that as a sort of default in LeBron’s maturity (“Derrick Rose wouldn’t have skipped the pregame intros!”). I don’t think it means anything at all. It was just … unique.

In related news, the NBA needs to reach its playoff stage badly.

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