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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Season of dreams almost over

You don't need me to tell you the Cavs are in major trouble.

Admit it, we've all seen signs of this happening in the Eastern Conference finals.

I tried to caution everyone that would listen that this could happen against Orlando. Well, the Magic are up 3-1 and have a chance to close it out on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Since 1947, teams that have a 3-1 lead have won 182 of 190 series. For those of you who don't have a calculator, that's 95.6 percent of the time.

The Cavs might win Game 5, but the Magic are a better team. They have too many weapons, too many deadly shooters and the best big man in the game. It adds up to a possible championship team.

But this was supposed to be the Cavs' year. They have the best player in the league, the best record in the league and set a bushel full of franchise records. What does it all mean? Not a thing if the Magic go to the NBA Finals.

The Cavs have said all season that if they don't win the title, it will be a disappointing season. The way it's coming to an end, there's going to be much disappointment.

The Cavs have been grasping at straws for a couple games. They've tried every defensive tactic possible. He's tried Sasha Pavlovic and now Wally Szczerbiak off the bench. Nothing has worked.

And, now, the season is close to being over. It's going to be difficult to put a capper on the 2008-09 season, but it's almost here, like it or not.


Blogger Ray said...

"Z" may be one of the best centers in the NBA and a consistent contributor, but he lacks the quickness and athleticism to keep up with the athletic big-body centers like Howard. The Cavs just don't defend well against Howard in the paint and against the wide open three pointers. Defense is what got them to the playoffs, but it is sorely missing against Orlando. The Cavs point guards, Williams and Gibson, are shooting a whopping 33 percent. That won't cut it in the semifinals. This whole thing may be over on Thursday.
Now one question- the NBA rescinded Howards technical foul from Tuesday's game. If Cleveland had won that game by one point and had scored one point on the technical, what would be the outcome after the technical was rescinded? Would that point be rescinded as well? Would the outcome be a tie game? Would they have to continue in another overtime? Or would the NBA not rescind the foul just to avoid the tie score?

May 27, 2009 at 7:38 PM 
Blogger david said...

this will be a great game for the live player cams...i gotta say switching between mosiac, top of the basket and player specific cams should be awesome:

May 28, 2009 at 5:26 PM 

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