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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 1:50 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

@Balfan, spoken like a true non-believer. it sounds like to me that you have Berger in your speed dial.  The last time I looked, the Cavaliers have the best record in the NBA - they had to win allot of games to get where they are.  Regarding the championship - For you to say "until this team wakes up and realizes that, it will never win anything of any consequence" what a stupid comment.  You actually think they've come all this way without that in their minds?  I think the Cavs woke up and realized what their goal was after a slow start this season.

As for your last remark - isn't that the purpose of a blog or forum?  The last time I posted something I could have sworn the link said "Leave a Comment".




Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 1:37 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Last time I checked they HAVE won something....they "won" home court throughout the eastern conference....they "won" the central division, they are about to match the the best home record in league history and are also about to "win" home court through the entire playoffs.....they have reason to celebrate....

 

But I do agree....some of their antics are a bit much...




Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 1:31 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Huge Cavs fan here. I have been there in the [few] good times and the [mostly] bad. As a northeastern Ohioan, I am as desperate for a championship as anyone. I also have been a Celtic-hater for years and really do not want to hear any New Englander's whining about "lack of class" given their history (I know all you Celtic fans loved watching Red Auerbach light up those cigars so he could rub opposing teams' faces in it). And Bellichek...all-time great coach...with an all-time classless attitude.

That all being said, I am not a big fan of some of the garbage LeBron and friends are pulling on the bench. It's one thing to show team chemistry, but it's another to "show up" an opposing team. At times, they are crossing that line.




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 1:25 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

You clowns need to get it together.  This is the type of behavior one would expect from a team destined to be a runner up.  Nothing matters but the championship.  And until this team wakes up and realizes that, it will never win anything of any consequence.

All of you Cav's fans better pray that Berger did the Cavs a favor and woke them up.  Otherwise, they are likely to end up the same losers once again.

And for the idiots that criticized Berger for replying in the Comments section, what would you rather he do--just not pay any attention to you clowns.  He doesn't need you guys.  I am sure he could have found something better to do with his time.  But he chooses to actually interact with you guys and you criticize him for it.  Think about how stupid it is that you are reading the Comments section and interacting but you think it is beneath him to do the same.




Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 1:20 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 i agree completely too.  i live i c-town and that was childish....




Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:56 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Get a grip, Mr. Berger.  They were having fun, and lest we forget that the Celtics (and the media) were calling Garnett, Allen and Pierce the "Big Three" before they'd even won a damn game last year.  Didn't hurt them.

Everyone have a Coke and a smile here.  If the Celtics really need to take motivation from their opponents enjoying themselves on the other bench, they're not good enough to challenge the Cavaliers this year anyway.

 

 




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:44 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I agree with Berger.  LeBron is an absolutely amazing talent.  I was watching the game yesterday and was in awe by what he was doing on the court.  But, when you go and act all stupid on the sidelines, it just takes away from everything you did on the court.  You would never see Michael Jordan doing that.  And it is not just James or the Cavs either.  In football, on nearly every play now you see some jackass celebrating just because they got a first down!  Good job, buddy, you caught a 5 yard pass!  In hockey, Alex Ovechkin is a showboat as well.  I love Ovechkin, he is my favorite player, but when he does those stupid things, I cringe.  When you are beating someone, you don't need to show them up--just tell them to look at the scoreboard, buddy.

 




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:21 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

wow i wish people would shut up about LeBron and Co. having some fun while destroying opponents. did you forget that the celtics did this last year? it sounds like you are a bit of a boston fan no? 

 

get over it. 

 




Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 11:38 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I don't know if you ever saw the Cavs pregame at home, it's like a friggin party.  Guys are loose and having fun and it seems to be working (39-1 at home).  Thank goodness for teams like the Cavs that have a little flash becuase I would punch myself in the peni if I had to watch boring teams like the Spurs all the time being respectful and nice.  Maybe you guys are getting a bit too old to do the stanky legg.

 

 




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 11:21 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Shut up.  The Cavs beat the Celts when the Celts were at full strength, and the Cavs were short handed.  Quit crying.  Next your gonna tell me that my daddy is bigger than your daddy.  Boo Hoo.  I don't know what the numbers are but the Cavs were probably short handed more than anyone was this year.  And they have the best record in the league.  Thats what good teams do.  You can group in Boston, LA, Orlando. 



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