Last week I spent some time in my childhood room. This is interesting for the sole reason that my room contains the most random sports memorabilia possible. A small sampling for you: (1) AC Green signed basketball (2) Arizona Icecats puck (apparently their some sort of club hockey team for the University of Arizona) and (3) Tucson Toros batting helmet. Does any of that make sense? No it doesn’t. Does this lead-in make sense? Also no. With that – enjoy the Nightcap.
Cavs 96 Magicians 95 – I’m a witness. You’re a witness. We’re all witnesses. LeBron James nailed a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to defeat Orlando and even the Eastern Conference Finals at 1 game each. LeBron hit his shot off of an inbounds pass from Mo Williams with 1 second remaining on the clock – and the shot came on the heels of Hedo Turkoglu hitting what was believed to be a game winning 15 footer – leaving behind a flabbergasted Magic team.
The stunning shot not only prevented the Cavs from falling in an 0-2 series hole, but it also saved them from blowing a huge lead for the 2nd consecutive game. Cleveland led by as many as 23 points in the 2nd quarter – only to see Orlando rally back to being down 12 by halftime and steal the lead with 1 second remaining before James worked his magic. This series continues to surprise and impress – what most thought would be an absolute walk into the Finals for Cleveland has began with two thrilling games that have come down to buzzer beating attempts. If Cleveland didn’t know this was a series before, they sure as hell do now, and if they don’t wake up we’ll be looking at the Magicians in their 2nd NBA Finals in franchise history.
LeBron had 35 to lead the Cavs while Mo Williams added 19 (albeit on a poor 7 for 21 shooting performance). For Orlando – Rashard Lewis led the way with 23 while Turkoglu added 21.
On Sunday the series shifts to Orlando for Game 3. How much better can this series get? For now, enjoy the shot that may make Cleveland forget about Craig Ehlo:
Game 3 of Nuggets/Lakers is tomorrow from Denver. If you’re David Stern perhaps it’s time to get on the red phone to keep the Nuggets v. Magic finals from happening.