Dime Magazine's thoughts on the game last night
LeBron is just trying to get people mad at him for not taking part in the dunk contest, isn’t he? In his first game since the All-Star 2010 dunk field was announced and he wasn’t part of it, ‘Bron (28 pts, 9 rebs, 11 asts, 3 blks, 3 stls) not only polished off a few contest-worthy dunks against the Raptors last night, he made one of the All-Star dunk contestants look like he has no business sharing air space with the King … First half, Mo Williams drove baseline left, and while Toronto’s post defenders turned to their heads, LeBron cut on a back-pick and was set up for an easy two-hand double clutch dunk. (This was after ‘Bron met DeMar DeRozan at the rim and ate his layup attempt alive.) Andrea Bargnani watching LBJ zip past him on his way to the bucket was like seeing a guy standing in the middle of the freeway while the cars went past. Remember the scene in Bowfinger when dude had to run across the expressway? It was like that … Later on, LeBron got another back-pick and found himself all alone as Mo (22 pts, 10 asts) set him up with a lob that he threw down almost looking into the rim. Then in the home stretch of the fourth quarter, LeBron and Shaq got into a plain old “Who can rip the rim down?” contest as the Cavs began to create enough cushion for a win. Shaq won that one … The addition of Shaq has proven to help the Cavs in dealing with Dwight Howard, but Chris Bosh (21 pts, 10 rebs) is a whole different animal. Shaq has no chance of keeping up with Bosh’s outside game and quicker moves around the basket, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas is in the same boat. Anderson Varejao tries hard but lacks a certain amount of coordination, and J.J. Hickson is still a couple of years away … The Raptors didn’t play a bad game, and they probably would have pulled off the upset if Hedo Turkoglu had played. Oh wait...