So LeBron James got blocked by Pau Gasol and lost the game? He’ll just take it out on Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies, or have his teammates do it for him.
The Cavaliers didn’t make much of losing by two points to the Chicago Bulls on opening night. S@#% happens, even if it includes Gasol blocking James on the potentially game-tying play. In the NBA, there’s always another game not too far away, and for the Cavaliers, it was 24 hours later in Memphis.
James says his back isn’t bothering him, but he doesn’t look 100%. He scored just 12 points on 4-of-13 from the field in a 30-point win over the Grizzlies in Memphis, as a 26-10 first quarter, a little bit of a rehabbing Kevin Love (17 points) and a very good night for the bench (14 for Richard Jefferson, 12 for Jared Cunningham and 12 for Matthew Dellavedova) meant they made easy work of a team that’s supposed to be one of the best and toughest in the West. The Cavaliers handled Memphis rather easily last season as well.
Even without Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, the Cavaliers are expected to handle their absences and be on top of the East or just next to that this season, letting the two injured guards catch up when they come back around the end of December or early January. James is going to look better and play better, but it’s hard to ask the Cavaliers for more than what they did to Memphis when the Grizzlies disappointed on their season opener in front of their own fans.