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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:37 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Now I know why Boston fans and Berger are so upset today... Their beloved Celtics and Sox both lost.  Quick run to the nearest wal-mart and find yourselves a binky.

 




Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:31 pm
 

Ever watched another Cavs game?

They do this all the time.  They aren't showing up the Celtics, they are acting like a bunch of guys who have great chemistry.  Incase you didn't care to notice, they always dance around on the bench in the 4th quarter of a blowout and such.  Give me a break.

 




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:25 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Everyone read my comment...its the last one on the 9th page 




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:21 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

shut up before someone shoves it up your @*& ******* bitch...all you celtic and laker fans just shut up u guys are just jealous of the cavs and their records...look back at the celtics  three years ago...they werent **** and neither were the lakers thats why kobe switched his jersey number because no one even cared about the lakers...so all u haters **** off. Go Cavs!!! MMMMMMMMMVVVVVVVVVVVPPPPPPPP!!!!! LEBRON JAMES THE KING!!!




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:19 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

The Cavaliers are just having fun. There's nothing wrong with that. They're not disrespecting anyone. The Cavs are one of the closest teams with each other I have ever seen in any sport. They enjoy playing basketball with each other, and it shows. That's why they do their dances and photo shoots.

If the Cavs weren't winning, then it would be different. But they are, so get over it! 




Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:17 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 I love how people complain about how athletes are often times too guarded or too emotionless, but when a team is actually enjoys playing the game and has good chemistry, this is the type of article we get. If you want to talk about a classless move, try looking at the crotch shot Ray Allen threw at Anderson Varejao. The Celtics are a team that is known for their trash talk and bullying tactics, the cavs are a team that is just having fun. With the playoffs only a week away, if this is the best thing that you can find to write about it, perhaps its time to look into a different profession.




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:10 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

"How about the low blow Ray Allen had?  I will never look at him the same way, again?  Talk about a cheap shot. "

I second that!  I give Andy a boat-load of credit for standing his ground - he didn't even curl over in pain!  Good for you Andy - now go ice those ballz of steal.

 




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:06 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Your blog = fail

way to go d-bag!




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:05 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

"And I'm just thinking out loud here, but the Cavs have won five more games than Boston and Kevin Garnett has played five games since the All-Star break. They've won seven more games than Orlando, which lost its starting point guard on Feb. 2. They've won two more games than the Lakers, who didn't have their starting center from Feb. 2-April 7. Really, is there so much to dance about? You guys make this too easy."

Wait, so you punish Cleveland for being healthy?  So you think that the only reason Cleveland is tops in the NBA right now is because the other teams were hurt?  You said you lived in Cleveland... we're glad you left.  

 




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 10:59 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Interesting - everytime the camera panned over Pierce, Rondo and "Low Blow" Allen, they sure looked upset they were getting man-handled.  I'd say by the looks on their faces after the first quarter - they did care about todays game.

 



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