Rembrandt? Nope, Just LeBron Being LeBron

Justice HillCorrespondent INovember 15, 2009

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 27:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to the season opener against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 27, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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His was unremarkable performance for three quarters. For nothing LeBron James had done last night during those 31 minutes he spent on the floor against the Jazz looked like much.

The Cavs, though, didn't need remarkable from LeBron -- not at that point. 

But without Shaquille O'Neal (he was sidelined with a bum shoulder, or so the Cavs told the media), all eyes inside The Q focused on King James, because three quarters don't decide a basketball game. And to think the Jazz, a team crippled with injuries, wouldn't make a late run would be to confuse the Jazz with the Knicks and not understand its brilliant mastermind, Jerry Sloan. 
Few teams in the NBA are as well coached as Sloan's Jazz. Even without Kyle Korver, Ronnie Price and Deron Williams, perhaps the best point guard in the universe, the Jazz remained a team the Cavs would have to reckon with. The reckoning began with 1:56 left on Carlos Boozer's two free throws.