LeBron James made an on-court statement in the early goings of the Cavaliers' win over the Mavericks last night. That being, just give me a few games, I'll get the Big Fella incorporated into the attack. Right after Shaq backed the 'hair-patch-less' Drew Gooden in for an easy two to start the game, Mo Williams found LeBron inside, who then found Shaquille O'Neal cutting from the free throw line, to the basket, for a thunderous two. Austin Carr found the play...exciting.
AC on the call:
"LeBron James catches Optimus Prime, and he throoowss the hammmmer down!"
Two things I thought there:
1. Optimus Prime, I like that one. Didn't have it on our list of Shaq's nicknames. Do now, that's 31.
2. When Shaq gets a head of steam towards the basket...holy ----!
Minutes later, after a LeBron James fadeaway fell short, Shaq grabbed the board, and then hit James in stride cutting from the top of the key, who banged home a thunderous slam of his own. To which AC responded:
"And Shaq returns the favvoorrr to the Kiinngg, and the throoowsss the hammmer down!"
We would have had one more comment from Carr
on this subject if Jeff Phelps
wasn't giving an in-game update on Zydrunas Ilgauskas
coming out of a timeout later in the quarter. Right out of that stoppage of play, LBJ
threw another lob to Shaquille
, who not so politely deposited it threw the iron for two.