As Lebron James moved one step closer towards sending the Toronto Raptors home on Saturday, the SNL writers had a timely sketch queued up to take aim at his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates. James has averaged 34.8 points per game through his first 10 playoff games this season, while many keystrokes have been devoted to his supporting cast's lackluster performance.
A few members of SNL writer’s room took notice, as all of the non-LeBron Cavs members found themselves in the crosshairs for a sketch entitled, “Cleveland Cavs Promo.” The sketch was cut for time, but you can see the web version above.
Donald Glover, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Mikey Day, Luke Null, Chris Redd, and Heidi Gardner star as James’ teammates in a fictional promo showing what they bring to the table. Spoiler alert: They don’t bring much.
“Whatever LeBron needs, we’ll get it done,” the squad offers before adding a key qualifier. “As long as what he needs isn’t basketball.”
The featured SNL actors could only offer more support in the form of high fives after LeBron’s made free throws, holding his additional cell phones, and sweeping duties after LeBron’s signature chalk toss.
“We run an offense called hot potato,” one fictitious teammate noted. “LeBron throws us the ball, we throw it right back. Hot potato.”
That assertion is sadly pretty accurate. Windhorst noted that James had either directly scored or assisted on 62 percent of the Cavs points this postseason, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst in an April 20 piece.