He could've gone for 60 if he wanted. If the Bulls weren't on tap, LeBron could probably use a "maintenance" day on Thursday. He twisted his ankle on a camera man in the first quarter then jammed his dislocated finger a few minutes later. He shook off both incidents and proceeded to nail virtually every shot he took. Just another day at the office.
Probably his best outing in weeks. Admittedly, that isn't saying much. Battier came off the bench and hit a couple 3-pointers right away. He even showed a little spring in his step, taking his man off the dribble for basket attacks. That said, he may want to shelve that bizarre driving-hook-pass-to-nowhere that he showed in the fourth quarter. That was weird.
With Dwyane Wade sitting out, Chalmers controlled the ball more than usual and responded with stellar ball distribution. Chalmers might be the least talented lobbing point guard in the league, but he sent LeBron a beauty in this one for an alley-oop. Keeping calm is never his forte, but against Toronto, he actually looked like a steady point guard.
After scoring a career-high 16 points on Friday, we were treated to a mini-encore on Wednesday. Pittman got his second start of the season and looked completely overmatched in the opening minutes against even the Toronto frontline. But then he got warmed up and started dunking on everyone. Fouls aside, Pittman may have earned him a playoff minute or two.
I'm going to abide by an old expression here: "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all." They might have found something in Alan Anderson, James Johnson looked terrific off the bench and the Raptors have youth on their side. Yeah, that's about all I can say after this one.