Yes, I've taken it upon myself to remove the first initial. I know based on his play the past couple games I'll come across as a wet blanket, but I don't want people fooled by production on the offensive end.
Against the Pistons Will Bynum repeatedly toasting J led to six 4th quarter assists that were instrumental in keying their comeback. Similarly, Ramon Sessions lit J up for 11 4th quarter points that was a big part in a combined 14-2 stretch for the Cavs.
Bynum has posted only one game with more assists than he had in just the 4th quarter and that was in 37 minutes of action v. NO. Sessions posted a season high in points and FTs against the Saint.
This is by no means a new trend, but with J's recent performance on the offensive end, I know a lot of people, including my secret admirer, will attempt to say that between his A/T ratio and scoring he's having a good year. I want to nip that in the bud.
Another big issue I have with J, is that Gerald has gone from All-Star to afterthought. It's clear that J loves Jack and looks for him every time on the offensive end, but he's effectively rendered Gerald useless. Now, Gerald has spent an inordinate amount of time hanging out in the corner like he's Rashard Lewis, but it's on the PG to get people involved and when the lineup consists of J, Matt, Livingston, McGuire and Gerald, one wouldn't think it would be unrealistic for your highest paid player and All-Star to get even one touch. Maybe I'm wrong, but it looks to me like these guys aren't on the same page and it doesn't seem like J has any interest in fixing it. Given a choice between the two, I know who I would pick.