Phil: I remember how last year you were talking up LeBron come playoff time and it’s nice to see your loyalty and insight being rewarded. I wasn’t able to watch the game until the final minutes of regulation and then the overtime; no matter how dazzling some of King J’s drives and finishes and step-back three pointers as he moved from right to left, it still was an awful basketball game. When suddenly he tried to involve others in the offense, they didn’t even know where the basket was. At other times he made wild drives through 5 defenders and the refs bailed him out each time — even though they had no mercy for the scrubs when they actually were fouled. The NBA’s double standard will outlive the concept. If John Edwards wants to observe the two Americas at work, he should watch the NBA. I’m not holding my breath — two of Cleveland’s key players are foreigners and thus unlikely voters. But it was the Cavaliers’ Brazilian center who saved the game, tipping Detroit’s final shot by Chauncy Billups off course just enough to seal Cleveland’s win. Given how Billups had speared him just before that and wasn’t called for a foul, one might say that justice was served. Not that anyone will remember.
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