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Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

Posted on: March 29, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 10:17 pm
 
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat Tuesday night, getting revenge on the player who left them in free agency last summer. 
Posted by Matt Moore




That's why they play the games. 

The now-15-58 Cleveland Cavaliers got revenge on the player who left them in the most devastating way possible as the Cavs beat LeBron James and the Heat 102-90 in Cleveland Tuesday night. 

You couldn't have scripted the performance any better for the Cavs. LeBron James finished 10-21 with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, with three turnovers. And he had probably the best night of any Heat player. The Cavs played the kind of game you need to play to win a game like this, getting out in transition and knocking down threes. Anthony Parker was 4-4 from downtown, Ryan Hollins and Alonzo Gee received multiple alley-oops from Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson had a double-double with 21 and 12, and Ramon Sessions spelled Baron Davis (who had a throw-back night) with a solid 11-6-6 in 26 minutes.

For the Heat? 

The box score is actually kinder to them than the game would suggest... and the box score is an autopsy report. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to shoot 13-34, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 turnovers. Bosh, in particular, had yet another in a very long line of disappointing performances inside. The game actually turned back in the Cavs' favor after a Heat run when Ryan Hollins blocked Bosh twice on one possession. It was that kind of game. Bosh fell down repeatedly, failed to finish at the rim, and was completely outmuscled by Hickson and Hollins. You know, those dominant beasts of the paint. 

This game speaks to the high level of play in the NBA across teams. The worst team in the NBA at the moment, record-wise, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have knocked off the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, and now the Miami Heat. The Cavs have a long way to go to rebuild and find themselves back in a place of contention. But until then, Tuesday night will stand as the high point of the season, when the fans got to rally behind a total team effort, against the individual-centric Heat offense and deliver a blow for their pride, for their city, and for the hurt they suffered after "the Decision." Baron Davis wasn't in Cleveland for that, but he was a hero. Ramon Sessions wasn't there, but he was a hero. 

The Cavs still lost twice to the Heat this season, once in Cleveland. The Cavs are still the worst team, record-wise, in the NBA. The Heat are still headed to the playoffs and the Cavs to the lottery, James to the second-round, most likely, and the Cavs to vacation in May. But for a night, the Cavs proved that they are professionals, and on any given night, they can compete with the best. That's what makes sports great. 

Enjoy the win, Cleveland. You earned it. 

Just don't publish the headlines in Comic Sans, okay? 

Notes: 

  • Bizarre that Mike Bibby would hit 7-11 from the arc for 20 points and the Heat would lose. Usually if they get any contribution like that from a  supporting player, they're golden. But then, that doesn't make up for Bosh's 5-14 performance for ten points. 
  • Also on the bad list? The Heat bench, which contributed just six points on 3-12 shooting, with two turnovers. They were outscored 32-6 by the Cavs' supporting players. 
  • Anthony Parker, J.J. Hickson, Ramon Sessions, and Daniel Gibson all had more rebounds than Chris Bosh in this game. The Cavs won the rebounding game 44-30. Again, 44-30. Aren't the playoffs all about defense and rebounding? 
  • The Heat showed that same lack of effort that's doomed them time and time again this season, which they had started to shed recently. Again, the dreaded beast rears its head. 
  • Dan Gilbert was courtside. And happy. As you'd imagine. 
  • Though James will (rightfully) get most of the blame and flak from this game, especially after vanishing before the game for introductions, the only real push the Heat made all night was when James starting pressing on the drive. Once he abandoned that strategy, it was over. 
Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

I forgot you all had piles of cash in Kansas, bluegray. What the heck does wealth have to do with this conversation? Although, unfortunately for the rest of us, that part of your post made the most sense.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

but your mom likes my DI*K and Kansas is a S*ithole with more trailers per capita than anywhere in AMERICA!Surprised



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

Tell me which name doesn't belong in this list.  The Miami Heat, The Boston Celtics, The Los Angeles Lakers, The New York Knicks.

Aren't the Knicks a sub .500 team?  Should we list out the other 11 wins?



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

It was revenge in the sense that the Cavs had NOTHING to play for but pride.  The Heat on the other hand, are fighting for 1st place in the Eastern Conference.


bluegray213
Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:42 am
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Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:13 am
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

"The Heat have won 8 of 10 with wins over the Lakers and the Spurs. They've beaten the "stronger" Lakers twice. Of course you'll say that that shows that the regular season doesn't mean anything. My point exactly."
Are you really going to state these 3 times when the Heat beat a top 5 team? What other games have they won against the top 5? None. The Heat are 3 and 9 against top 5 teams, including 0-6 against the Bulls and Celtics. I do agree that the Heat only lost this game because this is the biggest game of the year for the Cavs, but the regular season does matter and you guys are only contending for #2 in the East because you guys usually feed off the worse teams. The Heat have and in the future are going to feed in the regular season, but suffer in the playoffs when they have to play a team with more then 3 players.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:27 am
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

No, Miami is a party of 1 1/2. Bosh has been exposed for the above average offensive forward that he is, and Wade is moody and only plays hard for spells. Unless Bosh can grow a pair and learn how to rebound and play defense and Wade quits moping because Lebron has taken the reigns, this experiment of playing with superstar friends is going nowhere. It is easy to be friends when you only hang out at the Olympics and night clubs. It is not quite so easy when you are on the same team.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:01 am
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

It's one game in March. It was the Cavs' championship game. Congrats to them. It's great that they'll have one good memory from the season.

The Heat have won 8 of 10 with wins over the Lakers and the Spurs. They've beaten the "stronger" Lakers twice. Of course you'll say that that shows that the regular season doesn't mean anything. My point exactly.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:26 am
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

HAHA Chris Bosh got called RuPaul by the Cavs commentator. Definitely made Shaq proud HAHA

And the fact that the game was televised after an episode of Two and a Half Men .. oh the irony hahaha



Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:34 am
 

Revenge of the Cavs: LeBron falls to Cleveland

"Bizarre that would hit 7-11 from the arc for 20 points...."  really?  if by "arc" you mean 3 point line... and 7 three pointers = 21 points... how did heonly end up with 20?  *shrugs*


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