Cleveland and LeBron James have continued their dominance of the Eastern Conference pretenders thus far in this year's playoffs. To say that King James has had a cakewalk in these playoffs so far would be an understatement. The Cavs probably won’t face a challenge or a team with the heart to challenge them until they face the Celtics and the Mamba-tutored Isaiah Thomas in the Conference Finals.
Until, then we will have to deal with concession speeches from a variety of Eastern Conference pretenders like DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors, who let Bron scorch them for 39 points in Game 2 after splitting their wigs with 35 points in Game 1 of the EC semifinals.
Following Cleveland's 125-103 spanking of Toronto on Wednesday night, DeRozan basically let everyone know the Raptors can't stop King James, who is super focused, well-rested and averaging 34.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.7 steals for the defending NBA champs this postseason.
“If you can find somebody to stop LeBron in these moments,” DeRozan said, “I’ll give you $100.”
Maybe DeRozan needs to be giving himself that money and that defensive challenge. That was one of the weakest statement I have ever heard a competitive player say. Maybe DeRozan should of taken more than 11 shots. Or maybe Toronto should just quit.
“With LeBron back there, playing like a free safety, you have to make the right pass,” DeRozan said. “He does a great job of taking the paint and also getting to our shooters at the same time.”
Sounds like their go-to guys have done that already.