Archive for May, 2010

Links To The Present: May 18, 2010

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

“The Cavs exercised their $915,000 option on forward Leon Powe for next season on Tuesday. When the team signed Powe last August, it was mostly for next year as they knew he would miss most of the 2009-10 season recovering from knee surgery. Powe returned last February and played in 20 games, averaging 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. He also played in three playoff games, averaging 1.7 points.” [Brian Windhorst]

“He was the supposed leader of a team that simply unplugged coach Mike Brown in the final games of the series and quit listening. The Cavs put a stamp on Game 5 and threw it in the mail and then refused to play out the math of a three-possession deficit at the end of Game 6.” [Bill Livingston on LBJ's Future Kingdom]

“Cleveland’s next move will be an interesting one. Because of James’ uncertain future, it’s possible the Cavs would want his input into their next coaching hire, assuming the two-time MVP is still considering re-signing with Cleveland when free agency opens in July.  If the team fires Brown, it may have to search for a new coach not knowing if James will be back and would have to go into the draft and free agency without a coach.” [AP Report on Mike Brown's Situation]

John Hollinger came up with a way to RATE LeBron’s potential running mates should he leave Cleveland.  Chris Bosh came out number 1.

I got a kick out this WFNY contest to guess the Cavs starting 5 going into next season.  Check out the Sasha Kaun sighting!

Bob Finnan’s Season in Review from the Media Room

Z to retire if he’s going to on the bench, otherwise he thinks he has some good basketball left in him.

ESPN decided to just make a page dedicated to LeBron FA news instead of flooding the main site.

Neil Paine tries to find the optimimum balance of Possession % for an NBA team.

Next Season Will Be Joe Tait’s Last.

Notes and Errata: May 18th, 2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010

-This much has become clear over the last three years: you can hang with, maybe even beat, the Kobe/Gasol Lakers if you focus on defense. Trying to outscore them has not gone well at all. The Celtics beat them, the Rockets took them to seven, and the Thunder gave them all they could handle. They’ve rolled through everyone else. That team has too many weapons for any team that tries to go at them guns blazing.

-The Celtics’ defense: it’s really good. And yes, part of me is happy that Orlando fans know how they made Cleveland fans feel last season. However, I like the Magic a lot more than I like the Celtics. I’m conflicted.

-So, explain to me how John Calipari is the guy to fix a talented team with a great player that keeps losing big games and can’t make free throws.

-Draft lottery tomorrow: important. If New Jersey/Brooklyn grabs that #1 pick, do the Cavs have any young players who can hold a candle to a potential Wall/LeBron/Lopez core?

-Beautiful piece on LeBron by Joey of Straight Bangin‘.

-So, when is Dwight Howard due for an MRI on his elbow?

LeBron, Calipari package deal?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

According to the Chicago Tribune, William Wesley may be shopping LeBron and John Calipari as a package deal. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

League sources said Sunday that noted NBA power broker William Wesley continues to work back channels to sell John Calipari and James as a package deal to franchises such as the Bulls, Nets and Clippers with coaching vacancies and salary cap room.

Another league source confirmed that an unknown Calipari connection contacted Bulls management over the weekend. This not only once again renders the coach’s vows to remain at Kentucky hollow, it underscores the juggling act general manager Gar Forman and senior vice president John Paxson must navigate as they tackle a coaching search while planning for free agency, which begins July 1.

Lovely stuff. I won’t go on too much about this because it’s 5:30 in the morning and I need to sleep at some point, but nothing about this makes me happy at all. Calipari appears to be the best coaching choice for a team that wants LeBron right now, because LeBron wants Calipari. LeBron wants Calipari because William Wesley is a mutual friend. It’s the ugly side of professional sports rearing its head. By the way, Chicago, there is no possible scenario in which Joe Johnson would be a better addition than LeBron.

Here’s me on the Basketball Jones

Friday, May 14th, 2010

J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas did an audio-only “overdose” podcast today, and I was on it talking Cavaliers. Here’s the link. I think I managed to stay relatively coherent, although I should’ve talked about LeBron’s struggles in the series when I had a chance. Anyways, enjoy.

Recap: Celtics 94, Cavs 85 (Or, The End)

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

 LeBron James #23 Of The Cleveland Cavaliers Hugs

Overview: The Boston Celtics dominated the Cavaliers with defense, holding the Cavs to 38.4% shooting en route to a 94-85 victory. LeBron James led all scorers with a line of 27/19/10, but missed 13 shots from the field and turned the ball over nine times. Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Game Summary:

The game started out with some bad omens. Mike Brown’s defensive adjustment for game six was to switch Shaq onto Kevin Garnett to stop KG from destroying Jamison in the post. Garnett adjusted to that move by taking some tough step-back jumpers from midrange, which he calmly swished. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce tossed in contested mid-range jumpers of their own, and it was 8-2 Celtics after the first four Boston possessions. Once again, the Cavs found themselves playing from behind early.

When Varejao replaced Shaq in the first quarter, Cleveland started playing defense like they haven’t done all series. Boston’s first eight possessions after Varejao came in the game resulted in one made basket, no free throws, and five turnovers. However, that momentum was lost when LeBron went to the bench with his second foul, one of the first times he’s been in foul trouble all season. During the two minutes LeBron sat, the Celtics pushed the lead from three to seven.

The Cavs were able to keep the game competitive throughout the second quarter. That was mostly due to the fact Mo Williams was playing like a man possessed. He scored 20 points in the first half alone; I don’t think I’ve ever seen him take the ball to the hole that aggressively as a Cavalier. Mo earned a lot of points with me tonight. He didn’t have all that many coming into the game, but he left it all out there.

In the third quarter, the Celtics tightened the screws defensively. Every time the Cavs drove to the basket, there weare two or three defenders waiting for them. When they tried to drive and kick, the Celtics rotated effortlessly and instantly. LeBron tried to work pick and roll with Varejao, but the Celtics were a step ahead of whatever he did.

With that kind of defensive dominance working for them, all the Celtics needed to do to break the game open was hit a couple of shots. With 4:39 remaining in the third, they got their run. Paul Pierce hit a pair of free throws, followed that up with a three, and Kevin Garnett hit a deep jumper to put the Celtics up nine and the Cavs officially on the ropes. After a timeout, Rasheed and Pierce hit threes to put the Celtics up 12, and from there it was just a matter of time. The Cavs got it close a few times in the fourth, but every time they did the Celtics had an answer. After giving up three offensive rebounds in the final two minutes, the Cavs conceded the game and ended yet another disappointing season.

For me, the (in-game) story of the game was Boston’s defense. The Cavs were aggressive throughout, attacking the basket at all times and looking for home run plays. The problem was that every time the Cavs tried to go at the basket, the Celtics were waiting for them. Playing from behind, the Cavs didn’t have enough options or confidence to mix things up, allowing the Celtics to sit in the paint. The Cavs turned it over 24 times in game six, and most of those turnovers came from being overly aggressive rather than nonchalant. It was like watching a drunk throw haymakers and a karate expert calmly moving out of the way and countering. When this Celtic team plays defense like they’re capable of doing, there’s no way a one-dimensional attack is going to work. Absolutely dominant performance by Boston’s D.

Cavs-Related Bullets:

-LeBron James. This may well have been his last game in Cleveland, and you can’t fault his effort. He was trying to make everything happen, but he didn’t mix his game up enough to make it work. He tied a career-high in rebounding and got his triple-double, but forced way too many plays and always seemed a step behind what the Boston defense was doing. When he looked to drive, the defense was in between him and the basket. When he looked to pass, the defense was hawking the passing lanes. When he looked to shoot, they didn’t let him step into a good look. He finished 6-14 on shots at the basket and had 9 turnovers, all products of the fact he was playing on tilt.

He dominated game three with his jump shot; when he wasn’t hitting that jumper, there wasn’t much he could do against Boston’s defense. If it wasn’t clear in 2007, it should be now: it would be in LeBron’s best interest to develop a post game or some go-to moves from midrange to succeed against defenses like Boston without having to rely on the long jumper. Not a strong series from LeBron, and one that will haunt him until he gets that ring.

-Antawn Jamison and Shaquille O’Neal is the perfect frontline — for an Orlando series. Shaq would have done a good job against Howard defensively, and Jamison would have been able to guard Lewis on the perimeter. The problem is that the Cavs didn’t get to play Orlando, and Boston absolutely murdered this frontline. The KG/Jamison matchup was a disaster, and in game six Antawn didn’t come close to making up for it on the offensive end. Shaq had his moments offensively, but Boston doesn’t run anything through Perkins, he got beat to rebound after rebound, and he got shredded defensively more than a few times on the pick-and-roll.

I don’t know what the attitude in the locker room was; all I know is that from a team-building point of view, this team looked past Boston. Instead of making sure Shaq was ready to go against Orlando, this team should’ve spent time developing confidence in some small-ball lineups featuring LeBron at the four. By the time they realized their lack of athleticism was hurting them in this series, it was far too late.

-Varejao made some great hustle plays, and really changed the game when he came in early. That said, Boston rotated to contest what are usually easy layups for him in the regular season, and he had no idea how to adjust. Guys whose only job offensively is to convert high-percentage looks should not have nights where they shoot 2-7 from the floor.

-I loved Mo Williams’ aggression, but he still finished with a fairly pedestrian line. At some point, you have to wonder if he’s talented enough to be a top-three player on a championship team.

-I  cannot envision a scenario that involves Mike Brown and LeBron both returning to the team next year.

Bullets of Randomness:

-KG’s still got it — the Celtics are now 6-0 in playoff series when KG plays. That mid-range game is insane.

-Rajon Rondo. What a series. Unquestionably the series MVP. Very interested to see what he’ll do against Orlando.

-Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace’s box scores don’t look great, but they hit all five of Boston’s threes, and each one was big.

-I bet Rasheed has been waiting a long time for this.

Well, that’s all for me tonight. There will be much more on all of this coming in the future. For now, I just want to say I’ve had a great time writing about this team this season. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. Thank all of you so much for reading and commenting. If this was LeBron’s last game in Cleveland, it’s been a great run.

Preview: Cavaliers at Celtics, May 13th

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Well, here we go. It’s a three-game series, and the Cavs are down 0-1. They’re 48 minutes away from tying this series up and going back to Cleveland for the deciding game. It’s not over. At least not yet. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not ready for LeBron’s last game as a Cav.

This game can be won. The Cavs have the talent. They won easily in Boston not that long ago. If they believe they can win this game, they can do it. LeBron says he knows what the stakes are. He needs to play like it, now more than ever. This entire team needs to hit the boards like their pride is on the line. No sloppy turnovers. Every possession could mean everything. Play defense on everyone, for the full 24 seconds, and get the ball if they miss.

Limit transition opportunities. Contest KG’s catches. Try to stop Ray Allen from getting it going. Hope Pierce doesn’t have one last bullet left in the holster.

On offense, play aggressive and confident. LeBron needs to come out early attacking and make the game his. Guys need to shoot when they’re left alone, and know when to reset when they don’t have the looks. Use Shaq to get in the bonus, then play matchup ball. Delonte’s gotta provide a spark. A lot of things need to go right. They can. The Cavs have won 67 games this season. They need two more right now.

A loss will hurt. If the Cavs go down fighting, I can take it. This team needs to play with pride. They need to play like they want another couple weeks of this. I do. I’m sure all of you do as well. This can happen. It is not over. But it needs to start right now. Not next game, not next quarter, not next possession. This is it. Having your back against the wall isn’t an excuse to quit. It’s an opportunity to leave everything out there. Any iota of effort this team doesn’t give will stay with them until their graves. 48 tough minutes, or a lifetime of infamy. It’s their choice.

Regardless of what happens, I love this team. I’ve loved watching them. I’ve loved talking about them. I’ve especially loved writing about them. It’s been a great journey. Let’s keep it going.

Links To The Present: May 13, 2010

Thursday, May 13th, 2010


“The Cavs players were very loose and laughing and joking before shootaround. No one more than James, who isn’t exactly starting the day off with a tone of focus. When he played very well in Game 3, James put headphones on and said nothing before shootaround as he got ready to work. Not sure what is so funny. There is a detached mentality with the team that is remarkable over the last week. We’ll see if they are laughing later tonight.” [Brian Windhorst's Beat Blog]

ESPN Roundtable on Game 6

Two-Thirds of Magic Fans want LeBron to stay in Cleveland

“This is supposed to be the best time of the NBA season, when the best face the best and bring out the best in each other, and it isn’t happening. Not close. Too many injuries to good players. Too many lopsided games (the average margin is 12 points, and more have been decided by double digits than single digits). Too few games – the last time the semifinal rounds went this quickly was 1999, and that was the year of the ghastly Spurs-Knicks finals that nearly returned hockey to national prominence.” [Ray Ratto]

“Anybody who gives two cents about this game and is very, very competitive, anything like me, then they’re going to go home and watch this tape, probably not eat, probably not sleep much, and be ready for Game 6,” Garnett said. “So we have to be ready for that. We can’t put the onus on a Game 7 back here in this building [in Cleveland].” [Kevin Garnett from ESPNBoston Article]

“When the Cavs’ season ends, James’ contract will be up and he will be an unrestricted free agent. While James has never implied he was considering leaving, unexpectedly getting knocked out in the second round and failing to return to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year may influence his feelings about the long term.” [Brian Windhorst]

“Mike Brown played Boston to get ready for the next series, and now his team might not return to The Quit for another game this season.  Brown felt he had to have Shaquille O’Neal ready for Dwight Howard of Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals. By refusing to consider a smaller, quicker, more athletic lineup — such as the one the Atlanta Hawks used to sweep the regular-season series with Boston, such as the one the Cavs also used with great success against the Celtics this season — Brown negated much of his roster flexibility.” [Bill Livingston]

“That leaves one other option: Playing small with LeBron at the 4. While the Cavs prefer to take advantage of their size, they can also match up small with LeBron and Jamario Moon at the forward spots, or with Anthony Parker sliding up to play small forward. The advantage is that it opens up the floor and counteracts Boston’s particularly strong knack for shrinking it, potentially allowing James to wreak havoc in the process.  The Cavs have used this lineup only once in the series, and it was in garbage time: A six-minute stretch of the fourth quarter in Game 3 when they already had a 28-point lead. It seems now would be a good time to use this bullet rather than keeping it in their holster all summer.” [John Hollinger on Cavs Adjustments]

There’s at least one Celtics Fan who’s NOT happy right now…

Links To The Present: May 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Brian Windhorst questions the Cavs mental toughness in his podcast

“LeBron, you have always gone out with fire in your eyes, your finger on the trigger. You have been willing to take the criticism, even when you knew the Cavs had not supplied you with much support.  This is the most talent that you’ve had in your seven years with the Cavs. But so far, this is the worst series that you and your team have ever played in the postseason. The three losses have been by a total of 60 points, including being outscored by 50 points in the last two home games!” [Terry Pluto's Letter to LeBron]

“The last two home playoff losses and the manner in which we lost these games does not come close to being anywhere near the high expectations all of us have of our organization. Our fans and supporters deserve more.” [Dan Gilbert from Brian Windhorst's Interview]

“It has further become problematic that James has been disengaged during the games. Not only has he fallen into the trap of “letting the game come to him,” but he’s been increasingly distant. In huddles he’s looking at the ceiling or into the distance. It is not the James anyone on the team knows and his teammates and coaches have seen it. More problematic, they can’t explain it and that is making the entire locker room uneasy. ” [Brian Windhorst's Beat Blog]

Brian Windhorst and Mary Schmitt Boyer break down the Cavs stunning loss in game 5

“In the Cavs’ locker room, and next door in the team family room, and upstairs in the coaches’ and executive offices, people who know James well are trying to figure it out. The truth is James’ teammates have never seen him in this type of mood before, so passive and reactionary. Not the outgoing, over-the-top leader they have come to follow no matter how it might look on television.  James’ family and friends are just as shell-shocked, whispering and wondering what they can do to help.” [Brian Windhorst special to ESPN]

“Then Rondo played the game of his life, and Pierce/Allen caught fire in Game 5, and suddenly it was halftime and I was sitting there thinking, “Holy s—, are we about to murder professional basketball in Cleveland????”” [Bill Simmons on Game 5]

“That still wasn’t as bad as Kobe’s shutdown in the second half of a Game 7 in Phoenix three years ago, when he went into sleep mode like an unattended computer and took only three shots. And LeBron’s never gone three years without winning a playoff series, as Kobe did from 2005 through 2007.  Those are now viewed as minor deviations on the upward arc of Bryant’s career. Since then (or should we say, since the arrival of Pau Gasol), he has won a championship, an MVP award and is four victories away from making his third consecutive trip to the Finals. As much outcry as it caused at the time, the Game 7 in Phoenix will not dominate the career wrap-up, if it even appears at all.  Magic choked at the ends of Games 2, 4 and 7 in the 1984 Finals, yet the balance of his career is so weighted by winning that it’s his auto-tuned voice you hear throughout the latest NBA commercial. When it looked as though he wouldn’t be able to recover from that 1984 meltdown he came back to win three of the next four championships.” [J.A. Adande on LeBron]

“I don’t get involved in what owners say,” he said. “That’s how he feels. As players, we go out there and it’s not like we’re not giving a great effort or trying to play hard. It’s not like we go out in a game and say, ‘Let’s not play hard for the fans.’ When you lose bad like that, we hurt just as much as they hurt. But as professionals, we’ve just got to play a little better.” [LeBron James interview from AP]

“People are even saying that this puts the Kobe-LeBron debate to rest. My response to this: look at the stats at the beginning of this post! Have you forgotten how badly Bryant played vs. Boston in the Finals 2 years ago? After those games, especially the elimination game in which the Lakers were whooped 131-92, people were saying that Kobe’s legacy was “tarnished forever”… Fast forward a year, and he was an NBA champion again, legacy stronger than ever. I know we have a tendency to be shortsighted and reactionary as a culture, but the same people criticizing LeBron James today have to look no further than Kobe Bryant’s history to see that one bad game against a strong defense is hardly enough to ruin someone’s legacy.” [Neil Paine]

“But please, spare us the assertion that after one bad night we know James has always had a permanent flaw. It’s just absurd, and amazingly some of it’s coming from the faithful in Cleveland. Twitter, Internet comments, my e-mail inbox, Facebook, all are loaded to the gills with talk that he’s doomed to mediocrity, psychologically deficient or was intentionally tanking.  As if those 69 playoff contests and 548 regular-season games were the aberration, and this one horrible night was the truth. As if the guy who scored 25 straight against the Pistons in a similar situation needs a lecture, from Twitter, on embracing the challenge.  Somebody should make a big list of all those people who think they now know James is a doomed player, and we’ll revisit in a decade.” [Henry Abbott]

“The Cavs are certainly in trouble. Giving a team as strong as Boston this sort of opportunity is dangerous. But because Boston has that opportunity and because LeBron didn’t produce in a critical Game 5 doesn’t mean James is a fraud. That’s a facile, unnuanced way of looking at the situation. The world just ain’t that simple, and neither is LeBron.” [Tom Ziller - Fanhouse]

“Thus, the most logical conclusion is that the elbow was a major factor and that it affected LeBron mentally as much as physically. We have one other data point to support us: his track record in this series. Since Game 5 of the Chicago series, James’ effectiveness has correlated directly with how much rest he had between games.” [John Hollinger on LeBron]

“If LeBron leaves the team, runs away from what happened, he’s leaving himself to be permanently damaged, he’d be branded a quitter.  If the Cavs lose this series and he leaves town, Lebron will be branded a quitter.” [Brian Windhorst on WKNR (transcript compiled by FearTheSword)]

Chad Ford goes off on his Twitter Account

IT’S NOT A FUN TIME TO BE A CAVS FAN

Tweets To The Present (Follow me @tompestak)

LeBron also talked about elbow, hinting about plans, severity: “The elbow is an issue I’ll deal with in the offseason.” #cavs [Brian Windhorst]

Let’s say LeBron James does have a serious elbow injury that he shouldn’t be playing through. Will everyone who ripped him today apologize? [Kevin Pelton]

Brown on being tuned out: I thought today was a good film session. We’ll see (if they tuned me out). [George M. Thomas]

Hang in there Cavs Fans. -TP

LeBron’s awful night, in video

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Kevin Arnovitz, one of the best in the business, breaks down the LeBacle in video. Enjoy.

Recap: Celtics 120, Cavs 88

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

 LeBron James #23 Of The Cleveland Cavaliers Reacts

Overview: The Boston Celtics outscored the Cavaliers 70-44 in the second half of a 120-88 rout. The Celtics now lead the series 3-2. LeBron James had one of the worst games of his career, going 3-14 from the floor. Ray Allen led all scorers with 25 points. It was the worst home playoff loss in Cavalier history.

Game Summary:

Everything started out nicely enough. The Cavs looked to go inside early, establishing Jamison and Shaq down low and using some outside jumpers to keep the floor spaced for them. With 9:52 to go, the Cavs took an eight-point lead and Doc Rivers called timeout. The Cavs were outscored by 40 points after that time-out. I don’t know what Doc said in that huddle, but it must’ve been good.

After the time-out, the Cavs did not score a point for the next six minutes of play. Shaq turned it over. Delonte turned it over. LeBron missed an open three. Meanwhile, Boston’s big three began to get into a groove on offense. By the time Cleveland finally scored a point thanks to LeBron throwing himself into some defenders and getting a foul, Boston had taken an eight-point lead.

Then Ray Allen took the game over. Cleveland finally started to get some baskets (this was LeBron’s one good stretch of the game), but Ray Allen answered by draining a jumper every time Boston had the ball. He’s one of the best shooters of all time. He does stuff like that.

Here are a couple of key plays from the stretch that was the beginning of the end for the Cavs in this game:

-After the Cavs force Pierce into missing an 18-footer, Big Baby comes up with the offensive rebound and finds Allen for a three. The lead goes from five to eight.

-After Mo (IDIOTICALLY) heat-checks after one made three, Rondo finds Allen for a three in semi-transition. The lead goes from four to seven.

-After halftime, the Celtics open the half by going to KG in the post. He misses a fadeaway, Allen comes up with the offensive rebound, gets it back, and drains a three. The lead goes from six to nine.

-On the next Celtics possession, Paul Pierce misses a mid-range shot. Rondo tips the rebound to Pierce, who finds Allen for a three. The lead goes from nine to 12. The Celtics lead by double-digits for the rest of the game.

After that, it was all misery. The Cavs couldn’t get a stop. The Celtics couldn’t miss a shot. The team waited for a LeBron takeover that never came. Game over. Complete and utter embarrassment.

Cavs-Related Bullets:

-I’ll start with this. I’ve had some tough moments as a Cavs fan. I remember how close the Cavs came to beating the Pistons in game six back in 2006. I remember how LeBron was completely overmatched by that Spurs team right after the best moments of his career. I remember how the Cavs just couldn’t get over that hump in Boston in 2008. I remember the Cavs blowing that lead, wasting a career performance by LBJ, and watching that Lewis three go down in game one last year. I remember how close they came to taking game four in that same series. The Cavs have disappointed me. They have made me profoundly miserable.

All that said, this is my lowest moment as a serious Cavalier fan. Why? Because I have never been ashamed to be a fan of this team or LeBron James until tonight. I am now. There’s no excuse for that type of effort. I’ve defended LeBron a lot in the past. I can’t, in good conscience, do so tonight. He couldn’t hit a jump shot. He wasn’t aggressive enough. He couldn’t do anything against Boston when they collapsed on him in the paint.

I don’t know why it happened. Maybe he was just off. Maybe he started doubting himself. Maybe he doesn’t care that much. Maybe he’s already thinking about where he’ll be next season. Maybe it was the goddamned elbow. Maybe he still hasn’t evolved his game enough. Maybe he couldn’t deal with the pressure. Whatever it was, he had maybe the worst game of his career in a huge playoff game. You don’t see that on the resumes of many legends. I still support the guy. I still want him to come back to Cleveland. At the end of the day, I do still believe he’s the best active basketball player. But good lord, this was terrible and inexcusable. He can turn it around in game six at Boston, or he can have this game follow him to his grave. It’s his career. I just write about it.

-Well, Mike Brown pulling Mo for Boobie right as Mo was actually getting in the paint and dropping dimes to Shaq for dunks reeked of desperation, didn’t it?

-This may have been one of Shaq’s better offensive games as a Cavalier. Good for him. Although I’m not sure how he only managed four rebounds in 27 minutes.

-The Cavs’ four best young players combined to go 5-14. Splendid.

Bullets of Randomness:

-I’m really starting to think Ray Allen isn’t going to sign with the Cavs this off-season. I’m also starting to think he’s somehow one of the most underrated players of his generation.

-Glen Davis had as many points as LeBron did.

Alright, that’s all I can give tonight. This was the low point for me. Game six could make everything all better. It’s not over yet, even if it feels like it. Until Thursday, try not to think about basketball. I’ll see you then.