Cavaliers continue to struggle, but win

Cavaliers continue to struggle, but win

There are 16 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 13, 2008, titled Cavaliers continue to struggle, but win. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

CLEVELAND: If there is such a thing as a dysfunctional win, this was it. The Cavaliers were hard-pressed to be proud of their 84-76 victory over the woeful Miami Heat on Sunday.

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Akron, OH

#1 Apr 14, 2008
Dont you think that the stats of the team playing better without James in the lineup has anything to do with the coach. When Lebron is in there Brown's only play is give the ball to Lebron and let him create. When he's not in there the play is you guys pass the ball around and someone score. We need a head coach who can run a team.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#2 Apr 14, 2008
A humiliating loss to Chicago followed by an embarrassing win against Miami. A back-to-back in Philly means little chance tonight -- to clinch playoff spot. Let us see how motivated this team is. I have serious doubts. Brown lost his team mentally somewhere.

But all you guys complaining about so-and-so not being in the rotation, well, in Brown's offensive system it doesn't matter. No one function well with in it.
Cavalier Traveler

Wooster, OH

#4 Apr 14, 2008
Cavs struggle to beat Heat that gave up weeks ago. Team is staggering into the playoffs, looking more like they are in two games into the season rather than two weeks away from the second. My prior prognosis was that they win the first series and lose the second in 5 or 6. I am now more inclined to think that a quick exit is both appropriate and merciful.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#5 Apr 14, 2008
OMG wrote:
The Cavs are making me wonder if they can get past Washington in the first round? They sure are not playing like a team that wants to get back to the finals. Coach Brown is not doing his job. Let's hope they pick it up for the final 2 games.
Living in the DC area I can tell you...The Wiz are extremely motivated and are playing well. They sense revenge. Gilbert is playing like a real point guard and passing first.
Tim in Plantation FL

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Apr 14, 2008
This Cavs season reminds me a lot of Miami's season last year. Miami had several injuries that they dealt with last year, played very lazy at times even when healthy at the end of the season, and just had the "regular season doesn't matter - we'll turn it up in the playoffs" attitude. Their win total was in the 40's like the Cavs, and then they got smoked in a 4-game sweep in the first round by a young, hungry Bulls team. I hope the Cavs don't have the same result in the first round.

I really don't know what to expect against the Wiz. We could lose in 5 or win in 5 - who knows with this team. The stupid comments by Stevenson will help get Lebron fired up, but I don't know if that'll be enough with the inconsistant play that we've been experiencing lately. I do know one thing though - if the Cavs get it together and play very well against the Wiz, it wouldn't shock me to see them take out the Celtics in the next round and then the Pistons. The way they're playing now, that seems almost impossible, but like I said, with this team - who knows.
Lethargic -Queen- James

Bedford, OH

#9 Apr 14, 2008
We're done in the 1st round. Washington will spank our butts!

United States

#10 Apr 14, 2008
I think the Cavs will have an easy time with the Wizards, but I don't see them winning one game in Boston. They struggle to win at home, and just play like a lottery team on the road. I don't see that changing in a week.

United States

#11 Apr 14, 2008
when Lebron is not in the game there is movement.

when he is in there 4 dudes stand around and watch him dribble beyound on the arc until there is no time left to run a play.

we have Lebron for two more years. can we afford to see if coach brown will figure out how to use him before he leaves.

Dallas, TX

#12 Apr 14, 2008
I think everybody in cleveland knows that Brown is a horrible head coach. His rotations stink. He has no idea how to make in game adjustments. We will never win a NBA championship with him as a coach. Get ready to watch the Cavs struggle in the playoffs. Just Sad!

Bedford, OH

#13 Apr 14, 2008
For anyone who thinks the CAVS stand a chance in the playoffs.
Steve G

United States

#14 Apr 14, 2008
hdawg wrote:
I think the Cavs will have an easy time with the Wizards, but I don't see them winning one game in Boston. They struggle to win at home, and just play like a lottery team on the road. I don't see that changing in a week.
You say they'll have an easy time with the Wizards. But then you comment on how poorly they have been playing lately (struggling at home, terrible on the road). And that has been against teams far worse (Chicago and Miami) than the Wizards. So why do you think they'll have an easy time with the Wizards.

I think based on how they've played since the big trade, they might lose in the opening round. If they can suddenly figure it out in that first series against the Wizards they may get further, but I just don't see that happening now. They need more time to gel with the new players, better coaching, and more consistencey from everybody (both on offense and defense).

United States

#15 Apr 14, 2008
Honestly, I think the Cavs will put all their energy into that first round against the Wizards. I just don't think the Wizards are very good I guess. I could be wrong.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#16 Apr 14, 2008

Everyone, including myself, seems to be carrying-on the Cleveland tradition of whining. Enough of this "everything happens to me" cr*p!

I still think anything can happen once the playoffs start. Washington has been trash talking a bit too much. Certainly LeBron will be motivated after comments by Stevenson and Gilbert. Let's see if the Cavs can make a sharp turn for the better tonight.


#17 Apr 14, 2008
Brown would be a good assistant coach. Oh wait he already was I forgot. I love how the media claims he learned so much from his time in San Antonio and Indiana and he has a history with Ben Wallace. Well Wallace stinks and Brown can't figure out how to utilize arguably the best player in the game. But in his defense it is the players who love to take games off these days.

Canton, OH

#18 Apr 14, 2008
Bring in Coach Joyce! LeBron used to know how to pass the ball in high school!

United States

#19 Apr 15, 2008
Why is it everyone puts ALL the blame on Mike Brown? Bring in a new coach, if you don't have better players you still won't win. Lebron is great, but I don't think they found the right guys to play with him yet. The trade that was made only made this team worse. Everyone keeps saying to bring in Lebron's Pippen. It's not like Scottie Pippen was completely polished when the Bulls drafted him, Michael Jordan pushed his ass in practice and made him better, just like he did with some other players. Lebron doesn't do that yet.

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