At the 25.9 second mark in the fourth quarter LeBron James hit a three to put the Cavs up 109 – 101. It gave him 29 points to go along with his 12 rebounds and 12 assists, but more importantly it sent his flock of benchmates into a goose-neck flapping tizzy. LeBron went to the bench and threw up a gooseneck of his own in response to the applause, but that wasn’t the important thing.
What was most important about this whole episode is that I learned two things.
The first of which was that this three-fingered salute, created to mimic the way Jamario Moon looks after shooting a three, has now moved into the English lexicon in the form of a verb.
At the timeout after LeBron hit that previously mentioned three, Austin Carr said the following:“Raise the gooseneck, everybody’s goosing. The game has been put to rest.”
Sure, everybody’s goosing has its negative connotations in some circles, but that’s besides the point. If you said previously, he’s got the gooseneck up, he’s raising the gooseneck, or he’s going goosey, feel free to skip right to the point next time.
The second thing I learned is that the gooseneck can also be extended into a two-handed high-five of sorts.
As pictured below, LeBron came up to Delonte ‘double gooseneck’ one over each eye. Delonte was double gooseneck in response on the approach. Delonte remained that way, and LeBron extended his double gooses towards West for a brief dap at approximately shoulder height. So before you extend somebody a knuckle today, or ramp up for a chest bump, maybe reconsider and see if you can’t work something else in a bit more fresh.
As far as the game itself, beyond the triple double by LeBron, I’m gotta send a shout out in the direction of Maurice Williams as well. If he has two more games like he had tonight (20 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 5 assists and 4 rebounds) I just might feel like he snapped all the way out of that slump of his, and I also might go back to calling him Mo. Cavs bench was big as well with 34 points paced by Jawad Williams’ 10 on some solid marksmanship and the 4th quarter was the difference. The Cavaliers scored 38 en-route to the 113-101 victory, and on a side note, it was good to see Rodney Stuckey in the house and hear that he’s hopefully moving forward with his recovery as well.
Cavs magic number to win the central is 1, to clinch the top seed in the east is 9, and to clinch the best record in the NBA overall, the magic digit is now 11.
Next up the Pacers tomorrow night. Happy St. Paddy’s day lads.