LeBron James and Kevin Love were magnificent for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors. The duo led the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions to a win that puts the team squarely in the driver’s seat against the No. 1 seed.
While the box score numbers (43 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds for James; 31 points and 11 rebounds for Love) tell most of the story, it’s difficult to properly articulate the brilliance of the pair — particularly James — over the course of the night. After the game, Love shed some light on just how dialed in the best player in the world actually was on Thursday.
In fact, Love took the public behind the scenes to before tip off, when James basically predicted what he was going to do to Toronto.
Love’s indication that James “called his shots” before his explosive performance is both absurd and oddly fitting, as LeBron seemed to be almost toying with the Raptors in the second half. ESPN indicated that James’ seven (yes, seven) fadeaway jumpers in the half tied the record for most in a full playoff game over the past 15 years and the shot-making was completely ridiculous.
Still, it remains remarkable that James was able to effectively predict his performance to teammates and even crazier that he was, by far, the best player on the floor on a night when his All-Star counterpart enjoyed his best game in quite a while. At this point, it would be fairly surprising if the Cavs didn’t move on to the Eastern Conference Finals, even though there are big-picture questions on the table for both teams based on the outcome of this series.
For one night, though, the basketball community seems content to watch James in awe.