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Enemy Chatter: The Celtics tightened the screws

Chuck - Red's Army May 14, 2010 Uncategorized 4 Comments

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters
and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics.
Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Cleveland.

In the third quarter, the Celtics tightened the screws defensively.
Every time the Cavs drove to the basket, there weare two or three
defenders waiting for them. When they tried to drive and kick, the
Celtics rotated effortlessly and instantly. LeBron tried to work pick
and roll with Varejao, but the Celtics were a step ahead of whatever he
did.

With that kind of defensive dominance working for them, all the
Celtics needed to do to break the game open was hit a couple of shots.
With 4:39 remaining in the third, they got their run. Paul Pierce hit a
pair of free throws, followed that up with a three, and Kevin Garnett
hit a deep jumper to put the Celtics up nine and the Cavs officially on
the ropes. After a timeout, Rasheed and Pierce hit threes to put the
Celtics up 12, and from there it was just a matter of time.

Cavs the Blog

Let me start by giving credit to the Boston
Celtics
.  Largely dismissed for much of the season, the Celtics
rose from the ashes and played with the heart of a champion.  If there
was a loose ball to get, they got it.  If there was a big shot to hit,
they hit it.  If there was a rebound to get, they got it.  Full credit
to Boston for putting their foot on the Cavaliers'
throat and ending the series when they had the chance.

Fear the Sword

I feel for Cavs fans, I really do.

After a fantastic regular season and tough playoff loss, they now have to worry about whether or not LeBron will resign. The Cavs have done everything possible to surround him with veteran talent (Shaq, Jamison, Mo Williams). They've also drafted some young studs (Hickson and Varejao) and paid them big money to stick around (Varejao's $40+ million contract.)

The real liability there is Mike Brown. Danny Ferry should have cut him loose a few years ago. I'm guessing he's only around because he had LBJ's seal of approval.

LeBron's impending free agency is all about ego. He wants everyone speculating about his future. He wants his ass kissed by the Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Nets, ESPN, etc.

LeBron won't find a better story anywhere else. Hometown kid leads his team to its first NBA championship. How does it get any better than that?

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  • DRJ

    Agree completely. I too feel for Cavs fans. No fan deserves this load of crap.
    We said it about him before the series began, and he did NOTHING to change our minds: Mike Brown is an idiot.
    So there were two BIG mistakes Cavs management made going into this seasons which sabotaged it for them, for Lebron, and for their long-suffering fans:
    1) Keeping Brown.
    2) Getting Shaq. Here again, many of us said Shaq was a mistake. I remember calling that the worst move of last summer. (In the same boat with, but much worse than, Vince for Hedo and Artest for Ariza; Hedo ended up sucking in his post-contract year; Artest hasn’t been as bad/nuts as I thought he’d be.)
    Can they fix this, now that the truth is clear? Yes… but only if Lebron stays. If I were a Cavs fan, I’d stop that. Seriously. I’d stop. I’d consider returning only if they managed to fix their ridiculous screwups.

  • http://www.palacegarden.info PalaceGarden

    I don’t think getting Shaq was a bad move. PLAYING Shaq this series was a bad move. Is there a third guy who can handle Howard with single coverage? I’m not sure there is, and that’s why they got him. They just forgot that there is no one who can cover KG one on one, in the league, when he’s healthy.

  • DRJ

    Good point. Playing Shaq was the critical mistake in this series.
    But I didn’t like the move to begin with, because I don’t care how hard he works, he’s way too slow for today’s NBA.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Yeah you gotta feel for the Cavs, because Lebron is more than a player. He literally IS the city of Cleveland. Without him, not only will the basketball team suffer, but you have to think the economy there will suffer a bit as well without his marketability, not to mention thats even less of a reason to go to Cleveland, so the tourism business (what there is of it) will take a hit as well.