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Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Posted on: April 12, 2009 6:23 pm
 

It's easy to draw kneejerk conclusions from a blowout over the defending champs in the final week of the regular season. I'm not going to do that. I will give the Cavaliers this: The path to the Larry O'Brien Trophy goes through Cleveland this year, plain and simple.

It's hard to say whether the Celtics are flat-out playing second fiddle to the Cavs now, especially since everyone knows the Celts aren't at full strength and probably won't be until the sometime in their second-round playoff series. Kevin Garnett is expected to chip the rust off in Boston's regular season finale against the Washington Wizards. Even after that, it'll take some time for the Celtics to find the rhythm and cohesiveness that led them to banner No. 17 last June.

I understand there was a reason the Cavs were dancing, strumming air guitars, and mugging for the ABC cameras during a 107-76 evisceration of the Celtics on Sunday afternoon. Not only were they proclaiming their superiority in the East, the Cavs also were celebrating the stranglehold they have on homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals if and when they get there. With their 65th victory of the season, Cleveland would have to lose both of its remaining games and the Lakers would have to win both of theirs for the Cavs to lose their grasp on home court. (If somehow all that happened, the Lakers would get the nod because they were 2-0 against Cleveland this season.) The way the Cavs play at home -- 39-1, for goodness sake -- it would be hard to imagine a more confident team going into a Game 7 against the Lakers in mid-June.

But ... and this is a significant caveat ... the Cavs are better than this. How can you be better than 39-1 at home? For one, you can show class -- not crass. You can show sportsmanship -- not gamesmanship. You can act like you're auditioning for a championship, not "Dancing With The Stars." I want to get LeBron, Mo Williams, and Delonte West in front of Bruno Tonioli for five minutes. They'd never pull stunts like this again.

The Cavs sure looked better than the Celtics on Sunday. A lot better. You can argue that LeBron can do whatever he wants on the bench during the fourth quarter of a blowout he'd so expertly orchestrated. He is the MVP in the league, hands down. His drive to the basket for a 3-point play -- dragging two defenders with him and getting fouled three times -- was awe-inspiring. So was the way he chased down a play from 60 feet and swatted Ray Allen's layup attempt away from the rim. He is an awesome talent at both ends of the floor, and there may very well be no one who can stop him and no team that can stop the Cavs.

But you don't show up the defending champs the way the Cavs did Sunday. You just don't. You celebrate when the season is over and when you are holding the gold-plated trophy on your home court. Not on the last Sunday of the regular season, in the midst of an eminently meaningless regular season game.

The Celtics will remember this. As to whether they're good enough to do anything about it, only time will tell. But I don't like it one bit. One of these days, somebody is going to take that air guitar and smash it over LeBron's head.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:57 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

yeah, Berger, I think I have to side with most of the posts - that you kinda sound like some sourgrapes chowder fan.  And only a real amateur would reply to our posts the way you did. Quit reading your own press.  You probably won't like the results.




Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:55 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

JBuk22 tell yourself what ever you want to make yourself feel better.  This game was a thumping and if it was the other way around I'm sure you would be on here telling us how great the Celtics are.  Garnett would have been a factor but not much of one in this game.  And I'm sure the Celtics care about the season that statement is just retarded.  Good luck against the Magic. 




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:54 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

So as a Celts fan, I'd assume that you approved the low blow to Andy's groin from Allen?  The celts are a bunch of low-life thugs whim have to resort to physical harm to make a point.  If they would put half of that energy into their game - I might be impressed.

 




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:42 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

"Was that different than that thug, Paul Pierce, and his cohorts yucked it up against the Lakers in the Finals last year?"

 

Yeah it is very different.  The Celt's were celebrating winning the NBA finals, what team doesnt celebrate a championship?  The Cav's looked like morons playing the air guitar, blowing out a depleted Celtics team who hasn't given a shit about the regular season for weeks now.  As a Celts fan I'm glad this happened today, will make it even sweeter beating them in the playoffs, when it counts.

 




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:34 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Was that different than that thug, Paul Pierce, and his cohorts yucked it up against the Lakers in the Finals last year?  Was that classy?  No!  I hope LeBron and the Cavs yuck it up every chance they get until they face the Lakers in the finals.  The only way the Lakers don't make the finals is injury or to lose a game at home to Portland.  Portland is the only team that can hang with the Lakers in the West.  I am an avid Laker fan but Portland scares me.  They match up well with the Lakers.  Celtic fan..if you want someone to act classy when kicking your ass then you should have acted the same in your championship season.  You didn't so you reap what you sew.  Good luck Cavs and LeBron and we will see you in June.

 




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:32 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I don't think the game today worried any Celt's players, or fans.  I actually enjoyed watching it, cause they won't be celebrating like that when it matters.  Lebron will choke in a couple playoff games just like last year and they will not beat Boston.  Enjoy it now Cleveland.

 

I'll end this by saying Lebron can't hold MJ's jock strap, and never will be able to.




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:26 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

maybe someone should tell numbskull that when your playing for home court throughout the finals, that's probably not a meaningless game, and maybe if Ray Allen can get his hands off Andy's junk he can take the guitar to LeBron's head

 




Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:26 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

True.  Celts.

True.  Magic.

True.  Lakers...

 

They don't get it.  Take away LeBron and it's a milk shake without milk or shake.  It's a storyline without incident, pen, paper or ink.  It's a tv without a remote!

While everyone else is limping towards the Playoffs, the Cavs are celebrating their best of the worst status.  Let them do so.  Hubris.  Karma.  Fate.  Whatever.  What comes around goes around. 

What comes around goes around.

 

 




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:23 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Berger...despite what all these hacks on here say, I do read and respect your articles, and I also understand the point you are trying to make here.  As a Cavs Season Ticket holder, I was tired of the choreographed pre-game "photo shoot" crap and maybe they are celebrating a bit too much on the bench...I get the point of your article.  You do, however, come across quite brash and negative with the title of the article.  You should have probably thougth that through a bit more because I think the content is legit...let's remember though how young this team is, including LBJ who just turned a mere 24.   




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:23 pm
 

I was at the game, and it was entertaining.

You are seriously complaining about this? You should have watched golf today instead.

 Not only was it nice to "smash" the Celtics, it was nice to see the players having fun. They are, afterall playing a "game" with a round "ball", for the sole purpose of entertaining costomers! They not trying to perform brain surgery or balance the federal budget.



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