We’re Gonna Take This Sitting Down
Honestly, I’m not at all sure how I missed this one as it happened. I vividly recall the foul. The not-letting-go after the whistle. The centrifugal force into the bleachers. The fans yelling back. And for some reason … LeBron James yelling at a fan.
But what eluded me was who the fan was — his mom, Gloria James. There she is, on the left. Remember her? Well, she apparently gets great seats at Cavaliers home games, and Paul Pierce (the Celtics man on the left) almost got Glorified on this night, featuring a Cavaliers 88-77 win.
Thankfully the graceful son shouted some sense into Momma.
“I told her to sit down, in some language I shouldn’t have used,” James said. “Thank God today wasn’t Mother’s Day. All I could think about is her. . . . I know my mother. It’s fine, we’re good.”
Three lasting thoughts on Game 4:
• That dunk. When you make the neighbor’s dog start yelping after an outburst (that you tried to keep quiet), you know you either have an amazing highlight or ridiculously cheap walls.
• Anderson Varejao. He has been upgraded from “not good at the game of basketball” to “competent at the game of basketball.”
• Road difficulties. I said it on BC this weekend, and I’ll copy-and-paste it again: nobody is ever, ever, going to win another game on the road on these NBA playoffs. If I wanted formulaic behavior I’d go measure the hypotenuse of something. Like your mom.Tags: boston celtics, cleveland cavaliers, gloria james, lebron james, nba playoffs