Cavaliers fail to finish what they st...

Cavaliers fail to finish what they started

There are 33 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 14, 2008, titled Cavaliers fail to finish what they started. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

BOSTON: Let's just state it simply: A team cannot win a road playoff game when it has lulls, when it loses its edge - even if it's only for a part of a game.

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Knyghtrida

Mansfield, MA

#1 May 15, 2008
Good game, you all should be very upset at your team for not taking advantage of retarded referees. 48 free throws to Boston only getting 23? thats ridiculous. Also...perosnally i think Lebron should be with the Cavs his whole career, how does it feel knowing that when his contract expires...hes going to NY? thats gotta hurt. Also, he sucks at jumpshots, hes one of the best in passing and driving to the basket, but has a butt ugly jumpshot, thats where Kobe gets the edge of being the best player in the NBA.
FootsieW

Fort Myers, FL

#2 May 15, 2008
The Cavs watch LeBron and others get hammered to the floor throughout the playoffs yet do nothing when a skinny guard drives in the paint over and over and over. Rondo should have been hit so hard in the 4th quarter he wouldn't consider entering the paint again without a bodyguard, but the Cavs just let him come dancing in right to the bitter end. Where is Rick Mahorn when you need him?
Old Man Grump

Akron, OH

#3 May 15, 2008
So far it's been a home-home win series. LeBron has once again proven he can't play 4 good quarters on the road. Cavs should win on Friday at HOME, then game 7 should be a hoot. Here's hoping we steal one in game 7 at Boston. GO CAVS !!!
Paul

Warren, OH

#4 May 15, 2008
OMG---How about LBJ at Detroit last year! Maybe you forgot about that. Also, it's hard for 1 good player to beat 3 good players. Anybody with a quick point guard will beat the Cavs. It started last year with Tony Parker. They've battled though! But it wont be good enough!
Peter Tressilian

Pharr, TX

#5 May 15, 2008
It's disgusting, the NBA very clearly want another Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers Finals. Geez, Lebron's being hammered all the time he goes to the paint yet very seldom got a foul. Verajao should hammer Kevin Garnett the way the latter's been hammering Cavs who goes inside the paint.
I watched the LA-Utah game and a jumpshooting Kobe got 17 frees with ticky-tack fouls that were nowhwere half the amount of contact Lebron regularly gets.
Old Man Grump

Akron, OH

#6 May 15, 2008
Paul wrote:
OMG---How about LBJ at Detroit last year! Maybe you forgot about that. Also, it's hard for 1 good player to beat 3 good players. Anybody with a quick point guard will beat the Cavs. It started last year with Tony Parker. They've battled though! But it wont be good enough!
Maybe it will be ok on Sunday. Boobie could return to his Detroit form of last year? Wally could should the lights out on 3's? LeBron could play 4 great quarters? The ref's could call the game fairly for LeBron? You never know what could happen in the NBA. GO CAVS !!!
JNP

Erie, PA

#7 May 15, 2008
I've never been one to say this, but the refs do not call the same game for Lebron. He does not get calls just because of his size. There is no way that Ray Allen drives to the lane and take the heat that Lebron does and does not get the call. The Cavs lost the game because they couldn't run a successful offense, not because of the refs, but Lebron has been getting pounded going to the hole with very few calls.
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#8 May 15, 2008
It's disgusting, the NBA very clearly want another Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers Finals

Check the foul total from last night's game, unless your one of those that whine about refs every time your team loses.
Dog

Akron, OH

#9 May 15, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe it will be ok on Sunday. Boobie could return to his Detroit form of last year? Wally could should the lights out on 3's? LeBron could play 4 great quarters? The ref's could call the game fairly for LeBron? You never know what could happen in the NBA. GO CAVS !!!
Yah right, and gas prices will drop to 1.50 a gal.
Da 5th

Montgomery, AL

#10 May 15, 2008
I'm tired of hearing about how the Celtics turned up the intensity on D, how Lebron didnít play 4 quarters, how the NBA want to see the Lakers/Celtics finals, how Lebron doesnít get the calls from the refs, etc. The problem is with Mike Brown's Offense, the first half everyone was cutting and coming off screens and moving without the ball and in the second half they ran the same play EVERY SINGLE time (except the first 3 possessions of the half) down court. You know the one "the inbound the ball to LeBron and everyone go run and stand in a designated corner and run a pick in roll with about 8 sec left on the shot clock play." Do they really practice that? All this does is let the Celtics d know exactly where Lebron is and makes it easy to double and triple team him. Iím going to support the Cavs regardless but something really needs to be done about Mike Brownís offense!
james

Dover, OH

#11 May 15, 2008
SEASON IS OVER!
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#13 May 15, 2008
Da 5th wrote:
I'm tired of hearing about how the Celtics turned up the intensity on D, how Lebron didnít play 4 quarters, how the NBA want to see the Lakers/Celtics finals, how Lebron doesnít get the calls from the refs, etc. The problem is with Mike Brown's Offense, the first half everyone was cutting and coming off screens and moving without the ball and in the second half they ran the same play EVERY SINGLE time (except the first 3 possessions of the half) down court. You know the one "the inbound the ball to LeBron and everyone go run and stand in a designated corner and run a pick in roll with about 8 sec left on the shot clock play." Do they really practice that? All this does is let the Celtics d know exactly where Lebron is and makes it easy to double and triple team him. Iím going to support the Cavs regardless but something really needs to be done about Mike Brownís offense!
You are absolutely right about Mr. Potato Heads offense. He has none. He wouldn't know an offense if it sat on his lap and called him Mama. How do you stop KG? You double him HARD as soon as he gets the ball, and as soon as he passes out of the double, the help QUICKLY goes back to their assignment. KG will always pass rather than try to fight through a double, especially if it pushes him away from the basket. How do you stop crapping away a 12 point lead? You call a time out and settle your team down. You adjust defensive assignments, if needed, pump them up and send them back out. You make the defensive stops and keep the offensive pressure on their defense by using the whole shot clock and constantly move without the ball. Cut - Pass - Cut - Pass: Offense 101. Mike Brown is an idiot. The only hope for Cleveland is that they lose this series and Mike Brown is fired.
BayouBuckeye

Natchitoches, LA

#14 May 15, 2008
Aside from the couple of dunks late, Boston is a jump shooting team so they don't get to the line. The Cavs have the ultimate slasher in LeBron and good offensive rebounders, both good recipes for getting to the line. Quit trying to make Cavs fans feel worse about the loss with this backhanded comment about the refs.
Knyghtrida wrote:
Good game, you all should be very upset at your team for not taking advantage of retarded referees. 48 free throws to Boston only getting 23? thats ridiculous. Also...perosnally i think Lebron should be with the Cavs his whole career, how does it feel knowing that when his contract expires...hes going to NY? thats gotta hurt. Also, he sucks at jumpshots, hes one of the best in passing and driving to the basket, but has a butt ugly jumpshot, thats where Kobe gets the edge of being the best player in the NBA.
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#15 May 15, 2008
Without Mike Brown the Cavs wouldn't be defending Eastern Conference champs. Mike Brown's D is great, everyone forgets that, they just want to blame Mike Brown when the team loses. But when the Cavs win, he gets no credit, everyone is too busy stroking Lebron. Mike Brown didn't miss free throws, he didn't have a 11/12 assist to turnover ration. When your team shoots 18 more free throws than the other there is no excuse for losing.
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#16 May 15, 2008
hdawg wrote:
Without Mike Brown the Cavs wouldn't be defending Eastern Conference champs. Mike Brown's D is great, everyone forgets that, they just want to blame Mike Brown when the team loses. But when the Cavs win, he gets no credit, everyone is too busy stroking Lebron. Mike Brown didn't miss free throws, he didn't have a 11/12 assist to turnover ration. When your team shoots 18 more free throws than the other there is no excuse for losing.
Having ABSOLUTELY no offense is the reason they lost. LB had 23 points in the first half. The were doubling KG and playing GREAT defense until the Celtics run right before the half. OK. So Mike Brown can coach defense. So what. That's half the game. He can't even begin to coach the other half. You have to do two things, 1) hold the other team to their scoring average, and preferably less, and 2) score more points than they do, which means you have to have an offense. He can coach one, he can't coach the other. Besides, a 6th grade girls coach would have enough sense to call a time out and stop a big run against your team. Brown isn't smart enough to even do that.
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#17 May 15, 2008
Brown knows a lot more about basketball than you or I do buddy. Have you ever coached NBA players, or do you just sit back and talk about how everybody else is so awful at doing their jobs with your Walmart co-workers? The biggest burden goes on the superstar player and leader of the team. Some coaches are better at offense, some are better at defense. Defense is what got the Cavs to the finals last year. Winning teams always play good defense. The Cavs just don't have the right players to have a great offensive team.
cloverfield

Brunswick, OH

#18 May 15, 2008
Knyghtrida wrote:
Good game, you all should be very upset at your team for not taking advantage of retarded referees. 48 free throws to Boston only getting 23? thats ridiculous. Also...perosnally i think Lebron should be with the Cavs his whole career, how does it feel knowing that when his contract expires...hes going to NY? thats gotta hurt. Also, he sucks at jumpshots, hes one of the best in passing and driving to the basket, but has a butt ugly jumpshot, thats where Kobe gets the edge of being the best player in the NBA.
Supposing Lebron does go to New York, how do you feel, being a Boston fan, about getting pounded by New York in basketball, like you have so many times in baseball?
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#19 May 15, 2008
hdawg wrote:
Brown knows a lot more about basketball than you or I do buddy. Have you ever coached NBA players, or do you just sit back and talk about how everybody else is so awful at doing their jobs with your Walmart co-workers? The biggest burden goes on the superstar player and leader of the team. Some coaches are better at offense, some are better at defense. Defense is what got the Cavs to the finals last year. Winning teams always play good defense. The Cavs just don't have the right players to have a great offensive team.
Put down your crack pipe, Dawg. The only consistent (and I use that term with reservation) offense that the Cav's have is LeBron and Zee. Any other offense they get is gravy. Soooooooooooo, what does Tater Head do in the second half, he sits Zee. Their's your offensive genius at work. I don't even have to work to make an argument about Mike Brown's short comings as a coach. Anyone that know's the game can watch and see. Remember what your momma told ya, the proof's in the pudding. We go no where until we get a coach. If the Cav's win this series with great offense and go on to the NBA title series, I'll be back to eat my words. But I feel pretty secure that I won't be eating any crow over what I said.
Steve G

United States

#20 May 15, 2008
Knyghtrida wrote:
Good game, you all should be very upset at your team for not taking advantage of retarded referees. 48 free throws to Boston only getting 23? thats ridiculous. Also...perosnally i think Lebron should be with the Cavs his whole career, how does it feel knowing that when his contract expires...hes going to NY? thats gotta hurt. Also, he sucks at jumpshots, hes one of the best in passing and driving to the basket, but has a butt ugly jumpshot, thats where Kobe gets the edge of being the best player in the NBA.
Nice first comment, the rest sounds like somebody trying to pick a fight. Where is this proof that LeBron is going to leave when his contract is up? Everybody keeps flapping their gums about it, just stupid rumors.

I'll agree that LeBron's jump shot is not great, and Kobe has his number there.(But who cares, Kobe isn't playing in this series with the Cavs.) But I have seen him make some spectacular jump shots. Also seen him clang some terrible free throw attempts. I think it is a lack of focus and concentration on his part. Almost like he thinks almost any shot will go in, so he just throws them up without using all the proper mechanics.

PS The refs called a pretty good game. Cavs were driving more, and the aggressive D of the Celtics results in more reach in type fouls. Typical whiny Boston fan, even complains when they win. Let me guess, you don't think the Patriots cheated either.
Mike Brown offense

San Mateo, CA

#21 May 15, 2008
One reason he isolates LeBron at top and posts winger's flat-footed - so all of them can more easily be back on defense than if they were in motion cutting inside or outside. It's always more about defense priority to him.

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