When Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas crashed to the floor Monday in his team's 97-90 win over Miami, it brought back vivid memories of a terrible time for him.
This reporter flashed back to Dec. 22, 2000, when he broke a bone in his foot in the same arena. The Cavs had gotten off to a great start that season, 15-7, under then Coach Randy Wittman.
Wittman thinks the Cavs would have made the playoffs that year. Instead, when Ilgauskas went down in a heap, the season went down the tubes.
When Heat center Mark Blount fell into the side of his right leg on Monday, I could tell that Z was scared he had suffered another devastating injury. Instead, he said his calf was painful afterward, and his right knee appears to be OK.
I'm sure he'll be tested further when the Cavs get home. But Z - and the Cavs - might have dodged a bullet on Monday.