LeBron James is not messing around en route a potential seventh consecutive NBA Finals. He came out of the gate aggressive and ready to crush the Toronto Raptors from the get-go. It was easy to forget that this was merely Game 1, because James was that disrespectful.
He finished with 35 points, four assists, and 10 rebounds, and was clearly the best player on the floor, able to put his head down and get to wherever, whenever.
The Raptors, like most other teams, had absolutely no answer for him. James’ teammates filled in perfectly as the three-point flamethrowers he needs to win games too, and that spelled disaster for Toronto.
First things first; John Ross is fast as hell, and you can’t teach that.
But while he brings elite speed to the Bengals’ offense, he doesn’t have an traditional background of FBS success. Ross’s first two seasons at Washington saw him quickly develop into a supplemental playmaker. He caught just 33 passes while also handling cornerback duties for a rebuilding Huskies team. He blanked the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL, but came back stronger than ever last fall.
Ross’s 1,122 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns made him the AP’s Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, but he wasn’t in the conversation as a potential top-10 pick until he lit up the NFL Draft Combine with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash.
Cincinnati paid a premium for his speed. Now the Bengals have to hope his Discount Code For Cheap Jerseys pro career will more closely resemble his final year at Washington than his first three.