I don't really believe that one play can change a series.
Or do I?
The dunk speaks for itself, but I feel compelled to put into words the move that just may have changed the momentum of the round two matchup between the Cavs and the Celtics. I was lucky to have witnessed the play in person. Thank you Lauren, for yet another ticket to yet another amazing game.
The Cavs were locked in a game-long nailbiter until, thanks to the three point shooting of LeBron and Daniel Gibson, they pulled away in the fourth quarter, en route to what amounted to a rout.
Then, with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, LeBron had the ball, shaded just left of the key. Paul Pierce formed the outer defense. James Posey was his backup. In the block, Kevin Garnett waited.
The tandem of Pierce, Posey and Garnett has been doing an admirable job defending LeBron all series, forcing LBJ to take long jumpers and rarely allowing him into the lane. This time, LeBron exploded around a Joe Smith pick and left Pierce a mile behind. There are few guards who can accelerate quicker than the 6'8", 250 lb. James, which hardly seems fair. Posey was next in line. The slightest head fake later and he, too, was out of the play. Kevin Garnett, defending the hoop, tried to foul. He did, but LeBron was already airborne when they met, and the ball was thrown down with such thunderous force that even the referees were rendered impotent. No foul was called. No one cared, least of all the 20,000 plus who knew that the Cavs would be playing at least one more game at the Q in '08.
Now see it for yourself, the perfect combination of speed, agility and strength.
Say what you want about Kobe, Paul or KG. The MVP of the league wears number 23.