Yes, this is a ridiculously titled article: Lebron James somehow managed to win his game 6 (and a title) despite choking, while the Boston Bruins choked their brains out with 1:16 left and a 2-1 lead that would have forced a game 7. Calm down, you hyperventilating New Yorker. And no, I’m not a sell-out just trolling for internet traffic with fake titles – nobody even reads this shit anymore as I write about, well, once every 3 weeks at this point. As soon as Aaron Hernandez starting murdering people I saw the writing on the wall – the Title Town era is over – these Bruins were our last shot post murder-gate. I’ve upped and moved to San Diego in a search for greener pastures. Go Padres (who are .500)!
Point is, these are legitimately two series that I’ve been waiting to weigh in on at some point. So here it goes.
The Bruins. They flat-out choked, horrificly badly. I do feel bad for Tuukka Rask, who played one hell of a game 6 aside from the last 76 seconds. And as lousy as it feels, there is always a silver lining for me when the Bruins lose. All those bros who claim “Boston is hockey city!” are now in their bathrooms wrestling with their Mach 3. I’ll say it again: no it’s not.
So let’s get to Lebron. This is the series that legitimately got me more fired up. I must admit, as much as I’ve long hated Lebron, I did find myself feeling for the guy a bit. Post The Decision, the guy can do no right no matter what he does aside from win a title, which is at this point expected. But while 2013 will go down in the record books as the year Lebron solidified his legacy with a second title rather than dropping to 1-3 in NBA Finals appearances, I can’t help but scream “that sure wasn’t the series I watched.”
After game 6 of the NBA Finals all I heard was “the Heat won game 6, Lebron scored 18 in the 4th quarter and overtime, and there’s no way the Heat lose game 7.” Obviously, they didn’t. But what Lebron showed me in game 6 was the heart of a loser.
There’s no doubt that Dwayne Wade was hurt and next to useless in much of the NBA Finals, but in game 6 we saw that Lebron James still is not capable of trusting his teammates. It was a hard lesson for MJ to learn as well, but he did, and I thought that Lebron did last year en route to his first championship. But with the game on the line I saw Lebron shoot the ball every single time down the court in the final minutes of the game. I saw two turnovers, and three shots that didn’t even hit rim. It was, absolutely, pitiful. Ray Allen then proved that he made a good decision in taking HIS talents to South Beach, and pretty much saved Lebron James’ ass. Talk about a bailout. Lebron will never be able to appropriately pay Ray back.
Game 7 was game 7, and Lebron did play well. But a miracle aside, I saw the worst of Lebron in the biggest moments of game 6. He can revel in his title all he wants (and should), but he can’t hide from the tape. I can’t wait to watch his next catastrophe (there will be one).
As for the Bruins, it’ll be OK. The Red Sox are Boston’s team anyways.