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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 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 11:21 am
 

I'll smash a guitar over Berger's Head!




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 11:09 am
 

Crickets around Berger.

Hmmm, we've heard nothing but crickets from Berger since his last post; April 12, 2009 9:05 pm.  Come on Berger you opened up this can of worms.  What else can you say to dig yourself a deeper hole?  I'm personally interested in hearing your take on Allens low-blow to Andy.  You've made your point regarding the "professionalism" goofing-off and dancing and how inappropriate it was. 




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 10:42 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Hey Berger,

Did you really just write an article about sportsmanship in the recent Cavs vs. Celtics game and manage to somehow not mention Ray Allen taking a cheapshot at Andeson Varejao's family jewels? Really? Are you really that bad of a sports writer to leave out that incredibly horrible display of sportsmanship in an article about sportmanship?  




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 10:03 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

@zip123 - so let me make sure I understand you correctly...  Cleveland is not aloud to have fun and enjoy their run until they win a title?  they should just sit there on the bench like a Sunday morning at church?  Your a jacka$$.   So next year (after Cleveland wins their title this year), when the Cavaliers are dancing and goofing around on their bench it will be okay then?  When did this rule get applied to the NBA rulebook?  Oh wait - I forgot, Boston has their own rulebook which includes cheap shots to the groin, gang symbols trash talking - all because they won a title.




Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:58 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Classice Homer Jouranlism.  Ray Allen pops Varejao in the groin and Berger is whining about a clearly superior team celebrating on the bench.  The Cavalier beat down of these spent defending chumps will be severe ... if Berger and his deteriorating icons get close to the Conference Finals. 

 




Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:54 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I agree...A verry bitter Celtics fan and a outright hater of anyone with stlye thats doing thier thing...

 

 




Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:48 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

The joke of the article is evident in the comment from the second last paragraph "...e
minently meaningless regular season game". The Cavaliers are trying to secure home court THROUGHOUT  the playoffs. With a historically dominat home record, getting such advantage is huge - the game was far from meaningless to Cleveland.

And if the game meant something to boston, they sure didn't play like it. Did anyone hear what doc rivers was saying to his club. They played with no heart, and it showed. More than anything, we saw that the Cavaliers opponent was NOT taking the game seriously...that's basically what we saw. So showing up the defending champs? If they chose to play apathetically, what should their opponent do? Bow to them because of last year? Pleeeeeese. Have you ever seen how the celtics have joked about when they were winning?

The Cavaliers had fun - and they did so without having to elbow someone in the groin. Ray Allen deals with a loss by hitting someone in the groin; LeBron celebrates a victory by playing air guitar. Pretty easy to see who the poor-sport punk is and which player has class. When we look to the future possibilities, I am sure the Cavaliers will not forget!

 

 

 

 




Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:39 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

In this age of the media trashing players for being selfish and not thinking team first, how can we dare criticize a team for having fun together and showing team chemistry? The Cavs have acted this way all season - not just in beating the Celtics. It wasn't a matter of showing up the defending champs. It was a matter of these guys enjoying themselves and their overall success, and playing to their fans who are witnessing something special.




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:35 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Please, the Celtics have done the same type of thing during home games, where Garnett, Mr. Bill Russell Jr., dances and gyrates, before you won the title last year.  But no one mentions that because, well, Boston is the greatest sports town next to New York.  We'll see you guys in the playoffs and we'll destroy you again, to make it to the NBA Finals.  Oh, and we'll make sure we remember the cheap shot to Varejao's groin by Ray Allen when we see you again.




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:27 am
 

What a cry baby

 

 They're playing a game and celebrating.  What's the big deal?  Are you going to also say that no one in football is allowed to celebrate or do a little dance after a touchdown unless it's after they've made the game-winning catch in the Super Bowl? 


What an idiot.  Is someone actually paying this guy to write this stuff?



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