That is what LeBron James will have to deal with. The game tonight will be a mental test for the Miami Heat as they travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers for the first time since signing LeBron, a.k.a. The Messiah”, back in July. For James himself, no doubt that this game will be toughest test he has ever faced in terms of a hostile environment. Cleveland, the city where LeBron was a homegrown legend, now can’t stand the sight of him. The Heat need to win this game tonight. Not just for momentum, but also to keep James focused on the future ahead with Riles, Spoe, and Wade.
The Heat have won two games in a row, but both games were against subpar opponents. They beat the Wizards 105-94 on Monday night, then clobbered the Pistons last night 97-72. Both of those games were at home. Tonight the Heat face a mediocre team that will be extremely motivated. Miami needs to beat some good teams to prove that they are in fact putting it all together. They need to win tonight to help LeBron vanquish some of the mental unrest that is surely stirring inside as he travels back to the city he used to own. If the opening night game against the Celtics was the most anticipated regular season game in NBA history, than tonight will be the high point in terms of the country wanting to see all of the pregame activities. How ugly will it get when James first takes the court? Warm-ups? Introductions should be almost scary. LeBron has admitted during the past few days that he is uneasy going in to this game. Is he ashamed? Maybe a little. Lets just hope that the Cleveland fans remember that this is just a game and don’t do anything to shame their own city.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).