BOSTON – LeBron James wouldn't let his teammates see him sulk, let them see him shrouded in shame. The Cleveland Cavaliers were getting run out of the Garden again, James' shooting touch reduced to rubble, and still he spent the final moments of Game 2 marching down the visiting bench and demanding that the Cavs undo those draped towels and furrowed brows and stand with him.
"Me being the leader, I can't look like I'm down on the series, or down on my play," James said.
Another playoff game, another Boston strangle on LeBron James. In his mind, James must be fighting that sinking feeling that this series is so frighteningly familiar to the trajectory of how his season ended a year ago, how it all unraveled to the champion San Antonio Spurs.
When this 89-73 loss was over Thursday night, when defenders Paul Pierce and James Posey were done chasing him, the traps, the crowding, the endless tangle of long arms rushing, rotating, relentlessly shrinking the court again in Game 2, this wasRead More »from LeBron's déjà vu