By now you’ve seen how opening night ended for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Trailing 97-95 in the closing seconds, LeBron James was rejected by Pau Gasol on a drive to the basket, and Jimmy Butler deflected the ensuing inbound pass to seal the victory for the Bulls.
James took full responsibility for the play afterward, and admitted that maybe going at Gasol on this night wasn’t the wisest of choices.
“I was able to turn down the lane, but I made myself very small on my finish,” said James, who has now lost both of his season openers since returning to the Cavaliers. “Pau already had five (blocks) at that point. He made a helluva play.”