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Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Posted on: April 12, 2009 6:23 pm
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:21 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 

classless organization and fans... here is an idea... win a title then play your air guitar... see you in the playoffs (where it really matters)




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:09 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 So  Ray Allen elbowing Varejao downstairs is classy?  Kevin Garnett, one of the biggest trash talkers in the league is classy?  Paul Pierce throwing up gang signs is classy?  Get over it, Cleveland has been having fun on the fench the entire season, they didn't just start it now.  Their sideline antics are a function of their chemistry and the fact they are having fun, it's not a mean-spirited taunting attempt and I think everyone gets that.  Man these Celtics fans are bitter.




Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:01 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 You guys are a bunch of haters.  They are a GREAT basketball team that is out having fun night in and night out.  This is what the NBA needs and the city of Cleveland needs. 




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 9:01 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I don't know...other than the title of his blog entry, I think the post was pretty fair. I had a blast watching the Cavs have a great time on the bench yesterday, but at the same time I can agree that if I was on the other side of it, I would probably be annoyed with their antics. Such is the way of things.

Regardless, let's just hope Ray Allen doesn't get a hold of Lebron's guitar, because we all know where he'd start swinging. Surprised




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:53 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Has anyone else noticed that since Berger opened his mouth (and inserted his foot...again) about injuries - he hasn't said a word since?  Could it be that he finally realized that he made an a$$ out of himself?  I still can't beleive he claims to have lived in Cleveland and supports Cleveland, but instead of commenting on the elbow to the groin he writes negativly about a team enjoying themselves.   By the way what's with the thread headline: "Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?" talk about being childish and unprofessional.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:42 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Ah...Mr. G53...such a mature and dynamic post.  Thanks for contributing nothing to the thread.  Go suck off the worthless Cubs.   




Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:24 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Leave them alone! It's Cleveland for God's sake,One step above the city of Detroit.They need something to have fun with.After all they live there 




Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:16 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 

Berger, you do know that professional athletes are allowed to have fun?  That's exactly what the Cavs are doing.  Quite frankly, I find their antics refreshing.  It's certainly more entertaining to watch players take fake pictures of each other rather than throat slashing.  If anything, antics like this are helping to change the NBA's reputation from a group of gangsters and thugs to guys that are enjoying themselves playing a game they love.




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 8:08 am
 

Injuries?

Berger don't talk about injuries please. Ben Wallace has been out for as many games as Garnett. We lost Delonte West for 6 weeks. Z was out for 3-4 weeks. Do your homework before you speak dude. Basically, all teams have injuries they have to play through in a season. Orlando losing their starting pg is unfortunate and they are having a great year as they made a great trade to acquire a pretty good pg before the deadline. So Berger relax. Since you lived here for a few years I would think you saw the movie Major League. The Manager of the fictional Indians says "Its a Big ShitBurger (Berger) and we all have to take a bite!!" LOL so take a bite Berger you earned it with this pathetic excuse of an article. You are really reaching here. It is obvious you don't like Cleveland. When you lived here did you have to clean the toilets in Jacobs Field or something? What do you have against Cleveland? Lebron Envy maybe? Be happy for us in NE Ohio we need some good news!!! Geeze what a loser you are!!!!!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 7:54 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Ya the Cavs blew out a piece of the defending champions. They didn't beat the whole team. The Celtics have been short-handed this year. Just wait til playoff time rolls around and they have KG back, and all those players are at full strength. Let' em celebrate because it will only haunt them later. Seems to me this regular season is getting to them. Well I got news for the Cavs when the Playoffs roll around the Regular Season doesn't mean anything. Anyone remember about 2 or 3 years ago with the Mavs and Warriors. Exactly!



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