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RedsArmyAdmin May 6, 2008 Uncategorized 3 Comments

avoid this guy

The Cavaliers are a desperate team.  Their management has posed as the  'And One' Cavs blog on Cleveland.com (The Cleveland Plain Dealer website)… to solicit our advice.  Well OK Mike Brown "Carolyn"… here are the things Cleveland needs to do… to beat the Celtics.

Tip 1:  Avoid KG

Conventional wisdom is to go at KG… and try to get him in foul trouble.  He is, after all, our leading rebounder.  BUT… the real target down low is Kendrick Perkins… who clears out much more space, and who is much more prone to fouling.  And you saw in game 7 that when Perk has got it working, he can be a real catalyst out there.  Get Perk out early… and then you force Leon Powe and Glen Davis… 2 undersized guys… to box out 7 foot 3 Big Z. 

Tip 2:  Cut off the lane

The Celtics have shown they will settle for jumpers.  You just gotta hope they don't get hot from downtown.  But cutting off the lane is your best chance to keep your rebounders in the game… and the Celtics off the line.  If Paul Pierce is in the lane… you're screwed.  If he's shooting fadeaways… you got a shot.

Tip 3:  Make your shots.

The Celtics #1 objective in thie series will probably be to force LeBron to take jumpers.  He'll try to drive… but they'll be blocking his path.  That means its time to get ready for the pass.  If LeBron's drive and dish goes unrewarded… then Bron Bron will be forced to do it all himself… and we win.  So what if he scores 50… if the rest of the team can't match him.

There you go.  3 free tips… not that it will help. The folks at the And One blog were nice enough to return the favor… and map out the Celtics path to victory.  Thanks for that.  Celtics in 6.

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  • http://gmoneysack.blogspot.com Graig

    If you can’t win in Atlanta, you surely won’t win in Cleveland. If the C’s win this series, it would have to be in 7.
    You have to fear The King since everyone is saying that he will lose this series. He has something to prove. The scariest things in basketball are Kevin Garnett trying to live up to expectations and Bron Bron playing with house money.
    Cavs in 6.

  • another tim.

    danno,
    i totally agree with what you’re saying.
    unfortunately, lebron does have the refs in his back pocket. they also walk his dogs, watch his kids, and mow his lawn.
    my guess, david stern has the refs make as many calls as necessary to make it a 7 game series. we all know he loves money and the celtics are the number one draw in the nba this season (biggest average crowd for away games). i’ll say he spots the cavs about a game and a half and the celtics win in it seven.

  • Jim

    Don’t you think you’re a little too confident in your ability to stop Lebron from driving? C’s definitely have very good defense but Lebron is Lebron. Plus if you guys double team him (which will absolutely happen since you had to double team Joe Johnson) then you’ll leave Cleveland with wide open looks. Gibson/Szerbiak/West are better then any of the perimeter shooters Joe Johnson had to pass to. Also, Atlanta shot more free throws in Atlanta because they were much more aggressive taking it to the rim…Boston often settled for jump shots when they played in Atlanta.