Links To The Present: May 4, 2010

May 4th, 2010 by Tom Pestak

“Last season, when the Cavs were facing a 1-1 tie agains the Orlando Magic, I was sounding the warning bells. It was mostly because the Cavs had played pretty well and were barely keeping their heads above water. The Cavs aren’t playing well, at all, so far in this series. They certainly didn’t play like a home team in the first two games and also didn’t play like the favorite that they are.” [Brian Windhorst’s Beat Blog]

“His post play allowed the Celtics to establish an inside-outside balanced attack with Wallace and Kevin Garnett (18 points on 8-for-21 shooting) pounding in the paint and Ray Allen (22 points on 8-for-15 shooting) hitting from afar. Garnett hit only two of his nine attempts in the first half, but Rivers told his 6-11 power forward to keep attacking.” [Jodie Valade on Sheed]

“The pointless cliche is that a playoff series never really starts until one team wins on the other’s floor. But Boston has won here now, and the Cavs are losing this series, 1-1.” [Bill Livingston on the Cavs Lost Identity]

“But it was his offense — or lack of it — that was the real problem. Williams said the Celtics changed their defensive strategy after his 20 points in Game 1.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer on Mo Williams]

“Whether or not the widespread talk of their demise has added to the boulder on their shoulders, there’s no question that the playoff Celtics are very different than the regular-season Celtics. Either bored or coasting, they played middling .500 basketball over the final four months of the season. But now they’re on another plane, crushing Miami in five games and outplaying Cleveland for the better part of the first two contests.” [Chris Broussard’s Daily Dime]

“Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo didn’t just outplay the league MVP Monday night, he outplayed the league MVP and the MVP of Game 1 of this series. ” [Chris Forsberg – ESPNBoston]

Jay Mariotti wrote an article about The Cavs and LeBron.

“Cavaliers coach Mike Brown finally snapped.” [Marla Ridenour]

Defending Dwight Howard for MVP… “By this logic, Dikembe Mutombo was a 5-time MVP. Good lord.” [Bill Simmons]

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“Anderson Varejao day-to-day with back spasms. LeBron to have a scheduled MRI on elbow before Game 3. That was set up last week.” [Brian Windhorst]

“At the Cavaliers complex, waiting for practice to end. Team was initially expected to have day off, but, well…104-86 changes things” [Rachel Nichols]

“Forgotten fact: Mutombo’s best block-reb #’s were better than Howard’s despite playing vs. much better centers. http://tinyurl.com/37ye2b” [Bill Simmons]