Is it nature or nurture? Chicken or egg? LeBron or the Raptors? Everything’s going along pretty well for Toronto, they’re holding King James to 6-of-19 shooting through three quarters, mostly with one-on-one coverage from a caffeinated Anthony Parker, and then the man with the huge Chosen tattoo across his back simply GOES OFF in the fourth. The first question Chris Bosh
was asked afterwards was if there was anything they could have done differently to prevent it. Bosh
didn’t hesitative, as I mentioned in my game story: "We could have come off [low-scoring] Devin Brown and make Devin Brown score instead of LeBron," he said afterwards. "[LeBron] made two or three spot-up threes. … Any time we see a guy get hot like that, we have to make someone else score." When I followed up Bosh
went on to say that Cleveland was doing just that to him at the other end – rushing a second defender at him on the catch, forcing him to give up the ball early. As a result he only had 11 shots on the game. This would seem to be a criticism of the Raptors
tactics and by extension his coach. But before Bosh
could get too far along he was back-tracking a little, allowing that trapping someone like LeBron outside the three-point line is a risky proposition in its own right. There is no doubt that James was in large part being James – a 27.4 per cent three-point shooter coming into the game, and 0 per cent to that point in the game, he hit four-of-five in the quarter – but when he goes off like that it raises the question of how much of it was him, and how much of it was opportunities that were made available to him.