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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: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:17 pm
 

@ maynard

 

 I rooted for the magic last year, I've always rooted for them. I also rooted for cleveland and the lakers last year, and the year before that.

 




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:50 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

With all of the Trash Talking and in your face that goes on in Basketball and all Sports for that matter, why would you whine about a bunch of guys having fun!!  When was there a time that athletes displayed any class during a sport.  Just because you are having fun does not imply that you disrespect your opponent!

 




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:48 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 I like the Cavs, there my third favorite team (next to the magic and lakers)

 

 

run in front much?




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:45 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

ray allen mentions the showbaoting doesnt mean he was whining sometimes things bother you and you mentio them it doesnt mean your whining lol i bet the same has happened to you before.

 

Okay... let's pretend for a second that you were making a point.  And while we're at it, let's pretend Ray Allen isn't a whining, dripping pussy for making the comments about the Cavaliers showboating. 

So what do you call the elbow to Anderson's junk...  professional?  Is that was a classy guy on a classy team does?   If that's not a completely ridiculous display of childish behavior, I don't know what is.   

 




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:44 pm
 

cmon guys, get real

 

all people here are so bias. I like the Cavs, there my third favorite team (next to the magic and lakers) and i think they have come along fine. everyone i see here hatin on berger has cleveland or a sports team in clevelnad as there fav team. i like the tampa bay bucs, and there a HORRIBLE team, they suck! but i still root for them. i DO think they have one of the greatest teams in ages. not among to '90's lakers, but there very special. but berger is right. team chemistry is one thing, but acting the way the cavs did last night was immature. if they want to be judged among the greatest, than ACT among the greatest, now, if its game 7, cavs agaisnt lakers with 1:03 left in the 4th, and moe williams just hit a 3 to give them a 5 point lead, then alright, you can act like that. but going in to the playoffs, and you just killed the defending champions, rmeember, boston was restint there startes alot, like the magic are. when they play in the playoffs, if the celtics make it past the magic, the celtics will remember the night of April 12, 2009. and they will use that as revenge.



cleveland hasnt won the championship just yet guys, and if they do, they still have a WHILE to go.




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 NEVER EVER disrespect Red auerbach!

 

 

F**k Red Auerbach. 

 

 

There.  I said it.




Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:11 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Im a celtics fan so lets get thay out of the way. I dont mind alittle excitment or fist pumping or joking but sometimes it goes alittle to far and i think it might have gone alittle to far yesterday.

Now to the poart that got me upset enough to post this lol. Good job cleveland winning homecourt throughoiut the playoffs (except for you havent technically clinched that yet either). That is a difficult thing to do, but just like last year for the celtics, it doesnt mean anything until you win it all. So because cleveland has sucked at sports forever now they should be praised like they won the championship when the regular season isnt even over? thats dumb. Again congrats on being the #1 seed thats hard enough to win but lets hold up on the "the cavs are great and have won something significant talk" And hey lets go back and think what if the celtics had stayed healthy and hadnt missed KG for 25 games they might be right their battling for the number one seed so who knows.

Again to the showboating and whining comments. NEVER EVER disrespect Red auerbach! he is the best coach all time wwith the best franchise of all time and he could light up as many cigars as he wanted because he won 9 championships. When cleveland wins a game in the finals then you can start to mention him. As for Gino that is hilarious that you think that its showbaoting or the same thing at all. They sell Gino shirts and there are many fans at the game who wear them its like a fun little joke its not showboating at all. They are completely different situations so a bad comparision there.

Also i really would not call anyone on the celtics or the cavs a complainer i mean just because ray allen mentions the showbaoting doesnt mean he was whining sometimes things bother you and you mentio them it doesnt mean your whining lol i bet the same has happened to you before.

Both teams work hard and are very talented, there is just no need for showboating, the big dunks and the score should have been enough lol. I hope the celtics use this as a motivator to destroy the cavs in the playoffs and win the first two games in cleveland but hey who knows.




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 2:39 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 

Serves the Celtics right, since they've been showing up everyone since last year's playoffs.  What goes around comes around.  I'm sick of Allen and Pierce acting like a couple of babies.




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 2:12 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Berger,

Are you living in the 1950's, or what?

You've GOT to be kidding me!  You're criticizing LeBron James and the Cavs for having fun at a home game where they are crushing their biggest rivals in the NBA?  None of their actions are remotely directed at the Celtics - there was no gesturing, no trash talking, nothing at all disrespectful towards the opposing team.

And isn't Boston prone to breaking out that ridiculous "Dancing Gino" clip at their home games when the outcome is decided, while the Celtics bench grooves to 70's disco tunes?  They sure as hell didn't wait until they had won the Finals to celebrate!

The Cavs' success is due in large degree to the fact that they are a very close-knit team.  Their bench actively supports the players on the court and celebrates when they do well.

It's called chemistry!  If the Celtics don't like it (and Ray Allen was the only Celtics player to mention it), they should try winning a game in Cleveland.

If the Celtics need this kind of "motivation" to finally win a game at the Q, they are in big trouble?

 




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 2:00 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

RodentX,

Of course the purpose of the blog is to comment.  That is why it is stupid for those commenting to criticize the blogger himself from interacting.  

The real problem is that lots of the guys on this site with "Reputation: 94" think they can do the job better than Berger.  You have zero respect for the work that he or others like him do.  I am so thankful that no one watches my do my job 24 hours a day or expects me to be on the job 24 hours a day.  People reading this blog should be thankful that guys like Berger actually put up with all of their garbage.  Instead they hide behind avatars, criticize, and confuse "there" and "their".

 

 



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