The Raptors beat the Cavs 105 – 99 Monday night, and tied the Eastern Conference Finals at 2 -2. Cleveland fans, true to form, are already envisioning a worst case scenario where a Cavs collapse serves as a prelude to a second LeBron departure. They may have good reason to worry.
In LeBron’s career, his exits are always preceded by his frustration that his supporting cast is letting him down. LeBron gets passive aggressive. LeBron leaves. “Passive Aggressive LeBron” is here and Colin thinks it’s a bad sign for Cleveland.
“What drives LeBron crazy? In his career, when his supposed co-stars aren’t healthy or don’t deliver.”
Typically, the co-stars that frustrate LeBron are Power Forwards who are brought in to ease his scoring and rebounding burden, but don’t deliver. In his first stint with the Cavs, it was Antawn Jamison. In the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cavs lost in 6 games to the Celtics. Lebron put up a massive triple double (29 points 19 rebounds, 10 assists) in the deciding Game 6. Jamison put up a whopping 5 points. LeBron left for the Heat.
In Miami, it was Chris Bosh. In the 2014 Finals, the Heat were crushed 4 – 1 by the Spurs. LeBron averaged 28 points per game in the series. Bosh only averaged 14 points, and was reduced to an ineffective perimeter player. After the series, LeBron left for Cleveland.
Now, Kevin Love appears to be in LeBron’s cross hairs. He exited in the 3rd quarter of the game 4 loss against the Raptors after turning his ankle. He didn’t return.
“Kevin Love. Big spot, lets LeBron down. Gets hurt. 4 for 14. Can’t hit a three. This is the psychology of LeBron’s career. And why he gets frustrated, and why he leaves.”
If the Cavs lose the series, LeBron could be gone.