What Happened Last Night: LeBron Set Records, And Kobe Scored 4 Points In A Win
Didn't watch sports last night? First, shame on you. Second, fine. We're right in the heart of basketball season right now - college and professional - so buckle up and keep your hands and feet inside the literary vehicle at all times.
LeBron James Is An Efficient Monster.
Note: not just a monster. His 30 points, six rebounds and nine assists are nothing new; he's revolutionized a new normal these days, a heightened mediocrity belonging only to himself. So this isn't about his gaudy box scores numbers, but his efficiency. For the sixth straight game, LeBron James scored 30 points on at least 60 percent shooting. Last night it was 11 for 15 shooting, including only one turnover. But this is about more than proficient shooting; it's about seizing of reasoned opportunity - an anti-J.R. Smith platform, of sorts. That is, LeBron James isn't just making shots. He's only taking the right shots, and making them with brutal efficiency.
The only reason why LeBron James may not win every MVP award for the next five years is because the voters tire of his dominance. Any hint of circumstantial anomaly will propel a new candidate - likely Kevin Durant - to the award, just because it doesn't seem fair that a player of his caliber shouldn't win the award at least once. If LeBron is Michael Jordan in this way, then Kevin Durant has to be Karl Malone. Oh, and: the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 117-104. That's why we're here, right?
Kobe Bryant scored four points in a Lakers victory.
When LeBron James passes the ball, it isn't strained. LeBron James passes the ball because LeBron James passes the ball. It's a part of his game, his mentality towards basketball, that sharing is caring, and winning. Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, well it feels like every assist is a statement: "I can do this, too." And he can, when he wants. He racked up another nine assists last night. But that came at the cost of his scoring and overall proficiency, because Kobe only attempted eight shots (he made one) and turned the ball over eight times. Still, nine assists? That's something, right? Above all else, the Lakers, at home, trailed the Phoenix Suns (repeat: Phoenix Suns) by six points heading into the fourth quarter. And though they did win by six points (91-85), with Dwight Howard scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 boards, the Phoenix Suns.
Michigan State walked all over Michigan.
We can technically call this one an upset, the eight-ranked team over the fourth-ranked team, but the parity in the Big Ten neutralizes the consequence of rankings. More disturbing, at least for our own Matt Rudnitsky and other Michigan fans, was the 23-point margin of victory, 75-52. Trey Burke still had 18 points, but the win for Michigan State puts the Spartans in sole possession of first place in the conference - at least temporarily.
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