ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy thinks the psychoanalysis of LeBron James in the wake of his Game 5 “LeBacle” has gone overboard and thinks LBJ is going to have a big game tonight at the Garden.
However, he doesn’t think James can do it by himself. He says the Cavs “need to defend, they need to rebound and they need other guys to play well in complement of James.”
“Everyone’s trying to make this about LeBron James, sensationalizing his performance either for the good or bad but they’re overlooking that Boston is as good a team as anybody remaining in the playoffs,” Van Gundy said. “And secondly, and most importantly, unless Cleveland does the things that you need to do to win in this league consistently, which is defend, rebound and take care of the ball, you have no chance. In Game 5 they didn’t do that. They got blown out at home.”
Van Gundy showered more praise on the Celtics.
“The Celtics, when healthy, put more better players on the floor than any team in the East. I think the core of Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett along with the defense of Kendrick Perkins makes them as formidable as anybody.”
Nevertheless, Van Gundy thinks the Celtics are “going to have to play a very good game to win at home tonight.”
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