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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 at 6:43 pm  |  11 responses

Player of the D.A.Y.

It’s LeBron

By Sam Rubenstein

One of my rules for the Player of the D.A.Y. was that meaningless games get treated with less weight than the big ones with major impact. So last night, KG was the star of Celtics-Pistons, which was arguably the biggest game of the regular season in the East. And then there was LeBron with 50-10-8 against the most insignificant team in the NBA. J-Rich had an overshadowed 42 and 7 in a win over Golden State, and I actually caught the depressing (for Phoenix) end of the Phoenix-Denver game as I was waiting for the LeBron highlights to start.

You know what though, 50-10-8 trumps jockeying for playoff position. We’ll remember that years from now, not what happened with the Eastern Conference outlook.

HOWEVER… If you are to believe that the top 4 seeds in the East will advance, and you should… this means the #1 seed could have to deal with LBJ, while the #2 gets Orlando. LeBron is scarier than anyone in the East as a possible bracket destroyer, even scarier than Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy. Detroit may have won by losing, cause they can handle Dwight with their big bodies, but as they proved last year, LeBron can handle them in a big spot.

And so… the choice is clearly LeBron James.

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  • http://yahoo.com DP

    Who better? who else? LBJ proves to me every game that he is truly becoming one of the best to ever play at this age. KB24 is still my MVP though. CP3 is in second too.

  • Ben

    We won’t “remember that years from now.”

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Any numbers gained against the alleged Knicks in that dismal building should be reduced by 25 percent. KG’s numbers came in a MUCH bigger game.

  • Brandon M

    No doubt, LeBron dropping 50 points. KG’s game may have meant more, but LeBron played better, even if it was just against the useless Knicks

  • http://thedimemachine.deviantart.com/ Chou

    Co-sign with Russ.

  • Andre

    Yea, a high school girl could drop those numbers on the Knicks, dismal defense, and Eddy Curry is soft on the boards.

  • Michael

    a great game by Lebron, but I doubt will “remember it forever”

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    There’s a reason that LeBron is still not capturing the heart of MJ’s fans yet.
    LeBron always avoided the golden rule of basketball survival.
    Post Up when a smaller guy guarding you and Penetrate when a bigger guy is guarding you.
    Even Kobe understands this rule well.

  • http://firemitchkupchak.com Reggie Evans

    First vote for Joakim Noah for tomorrow Player of the Day

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    I see that KG was the star of the bigger game, but that’s why I made the case that by winning and thereby putting themselves in position to be the #1 seed that could face the #4 seed Cleveland in the 2nd round, the Celtics may have actually lost.
    LeBron’s night was like the best skills challenge performance ever.

  • http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Cnf.html hursty

    there is no way t-mac is NOT getting POD for that performance against the hornets, all 48 minutes, 41 points, 9 assists, 6 boards and coming through in the clutch with back-breaking baskets aganist the hornets.

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