By: Caleb Luketic
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 120-112 on Wednesday night in Toronto. LeBron James led all scorers with 29 points, but that wasn’t the biggest story of the night. The biggest story was the hard foul that LeBron took (shown in above video). In the final seconds of the 3rd quarter Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas wrapped up James and threw James down by the neck. James was 8-10 feet away from the basket when this foul occurred. Valanciunas tried to help James up, but James refused the help.
After the game, LeBron James said that, “Maybe I got to protect myself a little bit more.” James also said, “I don’t want to get too much involved in it because I don’t want to cry about it because it’s not like I’m not able to get back up, but it’s a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays.” James was also kicked in the groin by Houston’s James Harden on Sunday. James has been the victim of some non-basketball plays over the past few games.
I just don’t understand why players feel the need to play dirty like this. Why can’t players just play the game of basketball? There is no point in purposefully throwing a player down by the neck when he isn’t even making a basketball move. James was 10 feet away from the basket when Valanciunas slammed James to the ground.
I understand that you want to try to limit the production of LeBron James on any given night, but you do not need to purposefully throw him to the ground to beat him. If you want to beat the best player, you have to out play him. There is no need to play dirty. I have heard that the play that was made was a basketball play, but I entirely disagree. Valanciunas did not make a basketball play because he took James by the neck and threw him to the ground. The only time that is a legal sports play is if this is the WWE, but it is not, it is the NBA. Players need to be reprimanded for actions like this.