After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, I refused to watch any highlight shows, especially a certain highlights show on a certain sports network.
I figured it would be all LeBron this and all Lebron that and as a Magic fan, after a loss like that I didn't need to see more of the typical overreaction nonsense.
One glance at our message board was enough for me. One particular post that caught my eye proclaimed after "the shot" the Cavs would now win the next three games. And then there were the obligatory "We are witnesss" posts.
Garbage. All garbage.
Even our own Gregg Doyel, who usually isn't spellbound by hype, launched into hyperbole, calling Game 2 LeBron's "Michael Moment". Nevermind the fact that in came it Game 2 and merely saved the Cavs from choking away two games at home.
Jordan won series and championships with his clutch shots.
All LeBron did was ensure that this series would go at least five games.
Anybody who thought the Magic would wilt after Game 2 hasn't been paying attention. The Magic were beaten on last second shots against both the 76ers and Celtics during this postseason. Lo and behold, they didn't go in the tank.
Rather than one shot, fans and media should have taken notice that the Cavs even needed a last-second miracle to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole. Instead the focus was on coronating Lebron as usual.
Don't get me wrong, LeBron is a great player, but my (admittedly biased) opinion is that the Magic have the bigger, more athletic team.
That's not to say the Cavs can't win this series. As any Magic can attest, this team is maddeningly, frustratingly inconsistent because they can get too 3-happy at times. And if they're just firing up 3s (and missing) instead of attacking, they're ripe for the taking.
But so far, so good. And thankfully, after a Game 3 victory by the Magic, I can go back to watching NBA highlights again.