NBA games are a little overwhelming. Fire shoots from the scoreboard, there are approximately 1,278 people on the court during timeouts and a team named the Cavaliers had a guy in a dog suit as its mascot. The Quicken Loans Arena makes Yankee Stadium seem like a library.
Cleveland beat Orlando to stay alive in the Eastern finals as LeBron had 37 points, 14 boards and 11 assists. King James either scored or assisted on 29 of the 34 points Cleveland scored in the fourth quarter. By the end of the game, they ran the same isolation play over and over again and he abused poor Mickael Pietrus.
LeBron is even more impressive in person than he is on television. He’s so big and quick that he overwhelms any defender you try on him. Orlando stubbornly refused to double him for some reason. The fourth quarter was one of the greatest athletic feats you could hope to see.
I caught the game with Mark Feinsand of the The Daily News. We had great seats but not as great as the Yankees who were in the house.
Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera were in the first row behind the Cleveland bench. CC Sabathia had a big crew behind the Orlando bench including Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner and Brian Bruney.
The scoreboard showed all the athletes in the stands including CC (some boos), Brady Quinn (cheers), Kerry Wood (sort-of cheers), A-Rod (loud boos) and Pavano (cheers, amazingly enough). Ben Roethlisberger was there as well. He got booed the most.
Game 6 will be in Orlando on Saturday. If the Cavs win, they’ll be back home on Monday night. Think anybody would go see Yanks-Indians across the street?