Links To The Present: March 31, 2011

March 31st, 2011 by Colin McGowan

“The Cavaliers did it. They banded together, played like an actual NBA team, and defeated LeBron James and his Miami Heat. It was an unlikely victory, to say the least, but offered a sweet satisfaction. This is as close as Cleveland will get to catharsis: LeBron leaving town with a loss, some mildly enthusiastic cheers in an arena that wasn’t even sold out, and an unremarkable regular-season game that history will soon forget.” [Rob Mahoney]

“Revenge is keeping the Heat from making a claim on the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Closure is beating Miami for the bigger reward of leapfrogging the Heat or Boston for playoff position.” [Bud Shaw]

“Communication is very important for [Baron Davis] because of the fact that he is so smart. He sees things in a different light than a lot of guys. Most great players do. We have to have that communication because I expect him to go out there on the floor and carry out our plan.” [Byron Scott via Mary Schmitt Boyer]

Mary Schmitt Boyer talks Cavs v. Heat, resigning Anthony Parker in the offseason, and the possibility of the team acquiring more draft picks before June 23rd.

And Rick of WFNY gives the Cavs three rules to follow for the rest of the season.

On The Twitters

“To illustrate the range of Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ career, he’s now been ejected for fist fights with John Wall & Greg Ostertag.” [Brian Windhorst]

“Sessions dropped 24 and went 10-10 from the line. Just looks weird in the boxscore. When’s the last time a Cav did that? Mo? 20 & 7 for J.J.” [Eric Knappenberger]

“Why did Ramon Sessions pick up his dribble? That whole play was a disaster.” [Kurt Helin]