LeBron James goes up for a rebound against the Celtics’ Al Horford and Tyler Zeller during Game 3 on May 21, 2017.
You know who needed that big Celtics comeback in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday?
The Cavs had won nine straight playoff games this year — 12 in a row if you go back to last year’s NBA title. The Jordan-identified social media magpies seemingly were asphyxiating themselves as James rolled toward his third straight series sweep and headed to his seventh straight NBA Finals. Indeed, a lot of Jordanphiles must’ve been suicidal if you’re judging from the tsunami of nyah-nyah-nyah that engulfed the Twitterverse after the Celtics rallied from 21 down to win 111-108.
The Cavs’ loss and James’ scoreless fourth quarter seemed to be the chance for Jordan fans to set a Twitter record for variations on the “Michael never would’ve let that happen’’ theme. There were references to Jordan’s playoff scoring, Jordan’s fourth quarters, Jordan’s refusal to allow his team to blow big leads even on off nights — everything that smacked of the pent-up emotional fragility borne of tying one’s identity to an athlete.
Do you think Jordan looks at every James game as a referendum on his career?
No, right? So, take your lead from him.
Here’s the rule: When you’re backing the greatest player ever, you don’t worry about the No. 2 player failing to score in the last 16-plus minutes of a home game. No, you leave the arguing and finger-pointing to fans of the third-greatest player ever. You’re up, Wilt fans.
Photos of the Bulls legend and NBA Hall of Famer through the years.
Raise your hand if you can imagine Bulls management wonks watching the Celtics’ comeback and thinking, “Yeah, that could’ve been us if we had a healthy Rajon Rondo.’’
Update: They couldn’t.
Although, let me say this: The one thing these Bulls management wonks have done is build teams that do extremely well when it comes to winning just one game against James in the playoffs.
Remember, the Celtics did it without star point guard Isaiah Thomas, and so, if Rondo is that important as the Bulls point guard, then how can the Bulls justify paying Jimmy Butler all that money?
The Cubs postponed Saturday’s game on the threat of rain that never came, prompting this from Brewers manager Craig Counsell: “It’s the first time for us that we’ve had players treated for sunburn after a rainout.’’ After Sunday’s 13-6 Cubs victory, let me ask Counsell whether he likes it better having his players treated for windburn.
I remember that Jake Arrieta curveball.
You know who appreciates all the talk about the slumping Kyle Schwarber? The slumping Addison Russell, that’s who.
Joe Maddon’s new camouflage charity T-shirts read “Embrace The Suck,’’ and I’m thinking, if he wants to raise money, he ought to license that to the Bears.
The Bears reportedly are considering moving Kyle Long to a new position. That would be three different positions in the last three offseasons. John Fox just does not like having a best player on offense. Or doesn’t know what one looks like.