Props to the Prince
Posted by r1zzo23 on May 23, 2009
Watching last night’s game between the Magic and the Cavaliers was a roller coaster ride of emotions. For those who don’t know, I am rooting for the Magic to win because I don’t believe they can beat either the Lakers or the Nuggets and I just don’t want Cleveland or LeBron James to win a title. So as the Magic have the ball with 13.6 seconds remaining and the shot clock turned off in a tied game, I assumed that they would get the last shot of regulation. If they hit it, they win. If they don’t, they go to overtime.
The Magic put the ball in Hedo Turkoglu’s hands and he went isolation on Sasha Pavlovic. The execution was pretty ugly, but the end result was a 2-point basket with only one second remaining in isolation. It was great to see the Magic hit a shot, but they left Cleveland just one second of life to tie or win the game. Unfortunately, it was the latter.
As Cleveland was inbounding, they tried to get LeBron James a lob pass for two points, only Stan Van Gundy warned Turkoglu about it and it was halted. I noticed Zydrunas Ilgauskus was open in the near corner, but Mo Williams didn’t even look his way. He told LeBron the ball was coming to him no matter what. So after Hedo stopped the lob attempt, James nudges him off, runs back towards the three-point line and nails a game-winning shot at the buzzer. The place goes crazy and Prince James, theoretically, saves the season. The Cavaliers went wild as they knew the importance of that shot.
The post-game interview with LeBron was just a lot of him tooting his own horn, but Marv Albert Craig Sager didn’t exactly help the situation by continuing to ask him about how great the shot was. I have to give LeBron props where they are due: that was by far the biggest shot of his career. He has officially earned the name Prince James in my book. I won’t be calling him the king until he wins an NBA title. Still, that was a dagger shot to my heart and all the Magic fans and Cavalier haters in the world.