NBA scores: LeBron James is mortal and 3 other things we learned Thursday night – SB Nation

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The Knicks shocked the world by beating Cleveland in LeBron’s return home and other observations from around the NBA.

The excitement of LeBron’s return to Cleveland had ramped up to a fever that was too contagious to avoid in the days leading up to Thursday’s home opener. LeBron with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love? Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao in the starting lineup? Tristan Thompson and Shawn Marion shoring up the bench? This team is going to be amazing.

But it became obvious in Thursday night’s 95-90 loss to the Knicks that it’s still going to take some time before James’ new team starts clicking. While usually resembling a basketball-playing robot while on the floor, James actually looked human, trying too hard to make the highlight play that would cause the entirety of Cleveland to erupt in celebration. Minus a single fast-break layup, it just didn’t happen and James finished the first half with four points on 1-9 shooting.

In the second half, James seemed to overadjust and some of his aggression turned into overly passive play. Even looking nothing like his normal self, James still finished with 17 points, but his 5-15 shooting and eight turnovers is something we probably won’t see again the rest of this season.

The other two of the Cleveland “Big 3” performed better, especially Kevin Love, who recorded a strong double-double of 19 points, 14 rebounds and some highlight level outlet passes. Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 22 points but also committed four turnovers.

But really, the slow start isn’t a surprise. In 2010, in the first year of James’ first “Big 3,” Miami started the season 9-8, culminating in a double-digit loss to the Mavericks where James shot 5-19. The game …read more

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