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WASHINGTON: In three years and 14 playoff games, the Washington Wizards have felt the full and wide-ranging wrath of LeBron James.
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John

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Apr 28, 2008
 
Brittle Fingers wrote:
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Yeah, it seems as if some Boston fans have acquired the same sense of entitlement that New York fans have. That expectation that attention and championships should be showered upon them.
You hit the nail on the head. No media here gives the Cavs a shot, they are already talking about meeting the Pistons in the ECF. They have been talking like they were going to sweep the Hawks & Cavs, and maybe the Pistons would win one or two.
Hope the Cavs shock the heck out of them. Sure would make it a lot more fun to go into work for me.
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Apr 28, 2008
 
John wrote:
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You hit the nail on the head. No media here gives the Cavs a shot, they are already talking about meeting the Pistons in the ECF. They have been talking like they were going to sweep the Hawks & Cavs, and maybe the Pistons would win one or two.
Hope the Cavs shock the heck out of them. Sure would make it a lot more fun to go into work for me.
And for all of us here in Ohio as well! I feel for you being stuck amidst all of those Boston fans, though. Boston has become the new New York.

GO CAVS!

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Apr 28, 2008
 
John wrote:
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You hit the nail on the head. No media here gives the Cavs a shot, they are already talking about meeting the Pistons in the ECF. They have been talking like they were going to sweep the Hawks & Cavs, and maybe the Pistons would win one or two.
Hope the Cavs shock the heck out of them. Sure would make it a lot more fun to go into work for me.
I'd be surprised to see the Cavs win the series against the Celtics, but I wouldn't be surprised if it went 6 or 7 games. This Cavs team has a history of exceeding expectations in the playoffs.

But when the Celtics win in a rough, tough, drag out series, the Boston and national media will say it was because the Celtics weren't focused or just didn't play well. We're just used to that kind of ridiculous disrespect here in Cleveland.

In fact, it's not even just Cleveland.....it's small markets in general. Look at San Antonio. They're the reigning NBA champs and 7 out of the 10 ESPN "experts" picked Phoenix in that first round series -- even though the Spurs have home court advantage. I just think that's ridiculous.
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Brittle Fingers wrote:
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I'd be surprised to see the Cavs win the series against the Celtics, but I wouldn't be surprised if it went 6 or 7 games. This Cavs team has a history of exceeding expectations in the playoffs.
But when the Celtics win in a rough, tough, drag out series, the Boston and national media will say it was because the Celtics weren't focused or just didn't play well. We're just used to that kind of ridiculous disrespect here in Cleveland.
In fact, it's not even just Cleveland.....it's small markets in general. Look at San Antonio. They're the reigning NBA champs and 7 out of the 10 ESPN "experts" picked Phoenix in that first round series -- even though the Spurs have home court advantage. I just think that's ridiculous.
You're absolutely right, Brittle, and that's why a good run this year is so critical. All of the national pundits have been quick to dismiss the Cavs' run last year because they had such an "easy" path and "didn't deserve to be there," despite the fact that they won 50 games to EARN that easy path and the 2-seed. We need to a good run this year because after a few years in a row, the "experts" will no longer be able to dismiss that the Cavs have accomplished (reigning EC Champs) as a fluke or mistake.

The thing I find interesting is the amount of venom that gets spewed nationally at the Cavs, given our long-suffering history as Cavs fans. For some reason, the national media loves to hate the Cavs, whether it is talking about their roster or the prospect of LeBron leaving. And why? How did we become so reviled, given that we have yet to win a championship.

It is a mystery, but it seems to motivate LeBron, so it's fine with me. Let the national media hate the Cavs, let them show no respect for this roster, and let the idiot Boston, Washington, and even LA fans drop in to talk trash on our message board. I have faith in LeBron, and in guys like Boobie, DeLonte, and Z. Bring on the Celts or whomever. This is fun.

GO CAVS!
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Apr 28, 2008
 
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Thanks for the correction Brittle. My bad, thought that they reseeded. I want them to face the Celts anyhow. As an Ohio transplant living in Boston, I am looking for a little payback from last years ALCS. Man do I hate Boston fans.
Man do I feel for you. Try living in freakin' Picksburg with all these Stiller fans! I'm not quite sure who is worse.
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Ha RPB, we feel for you ! Anyway, ya Boston's good, but we won the East last year. They've shown they can win beauty, rythmical type games or dirty grungy games. I say any teams gotta go thru the Cavs !
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Apr 28, 2008
 
Brittle Fingers wrote:
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I'd be surprised to see the Cavs win the series against the Celtics, but I wouldn't be surprised if it went 6 or 7 games. This Cavs team has a history of exceeding expectations in the playoffs.
But when the Celtics win in a rough, tough, drag out series, the Boston and national media will say it was because the Celtics weren't focused or just didn't play well. We're just used to that kind of ridiculous disrespect here in Cleveland.
In fact, it's not even just Cleveland.....it's small markets in general. Look at San Antonio. They're the reigning NBA champs and 7 out of the 10 ESPN "experts" picked Phoenix in that first round series -- even though the Spurs have home court advantage. I just think that's ridiculous.
Do you still feel that way about the Celtics, Brittle? They may still close out the Hawks in 6, but maybe they aren't the invincible machine they've been made out to be all this time, huh? 66 regular season wins mean very little come playoff time, and the fact remains that the "big 3" have yet to ever really accomplished anything in the playoffs.

How great would a Cleveland-Orlando Eastern final be after all of the "experts" have had Boston-Detroit pencilled in since August? Could happen.

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#50
Apr 28, 2008
 
For everyone saying LeBron needs to shut his mouth, chew on this. When LBJ gets fouled hard, and comes out and drains a 35 footer on the next possession, does he wave a hand in his face, or dance, or anything?

Nope, the kid just jogs back down court. What a classy guy. You can bet Stevenson would have stolen a camera to take a picture of himself if he'd done that.
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Do you still feel that way about the Celtics, Brittle? They may still close out the Hawks in 6, but maybe they aren't the invincible machine they've been made out to be all this time, huh? 66 regular season wins mean very little come playoff time, and the fact remains that the "big 3" have yet to ever really accomplished anything in the playoffs.
How great would a Cleveland-Orlando Eastern final be after all of the "experts" have had Boston-Detroit pencilled in since August? Could happen.
Except that the national media would have a field day with a Cavs-Magic Final saying that neither team deserved to be there. As much as I'd love to see Atlanta beat the Celtics, the Cavs need to beat them to get any respect.

Then again, who the hell needs respect from the media if you can get to two straight Finals?

First things first, let's shut the freakin Wizards up for good on Wednesday! How would you like to be a Wizards fan right now and have to root for a bunch of unprofessional losers?!

Go Cavs!

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Apr 28, 2008
 
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Why? Who's better? What do you think his point average would be if teams couldn't triple team him?
You really think Kobe would let him have the ball???

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#53
Apr 28, 2008
 
Laker legend wrote:
someone please tap Mike Brown on the shoulder and tell him that Lebron has to win a championship first before he can say Lebron will go down as the best player in this game. Yes Lebron is highlight film. Let us all remember another highlight film Dominique Wilkins. I say no more.
Good reference!

I got to see Dominique play his last couple of years when living in Atlanta. Too bad, he will go down as one of the "forgotten greats" in the history of the NBA. 30 years from now they will all be saying, "Dominique who?". Let's only hope and pray that does not happen to LBJ; even if he has to leave CLE to make that happen!

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Brittle Fingers wrote:
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I'd be surprised to see the Cavs win the series against the Celtics, but I wouldn't be surprised if it went 6 or 7 games. This Cavs team has a history of exceeding expectations in the playoffs.
But when the Celtics win in a rough, tough, drag out series, the Boston and national media will say it was because the Celtics weren't focused or just didn't play well. We're just used to that kind of ridiculous disrespect here in Cleveland.
In fact, it's not even just Cleveland.....it's small markets in general. Look at San Antonio. They're the reigning NBA champs and 7 out of the 10 ESPN "experts" picked Phoenix in that first round series -- even though the Spurs have home court advantage. I just think that's ridiculous.
Celts gotta make it by the Hawks first. Series is tied at 2-2! Beantown is showing weakness! Go Hawks!!!

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#56
Apr 29, 2008
 
Steve wrote:
<quoted text> You are an IDIOT, LeBron cries to the refs after call or non-call. What game are you watching?
That's retarded. LeBron is one of the top 5 players in the game today. You're arguing that until he wins Championships like Jordan, he shouldn't complain to refs when he gets fouled and it isn't called.

News flash moron, from 5th grade all the way to the NBA, everyone complains when they get fouled and it isn't called. Stop looking for a problem where there isn't one.

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Do you still feel that way about the Celtics, Brittle? They may still close out the Hawks in 6, but maybe they aren't the invincible machine they've been made out to be all this time, huh? 66 regular season wins mean very little come playoff time, and the fact remains that the "big 3" have yet to ever really accomplished anything in the playoffs.
How great would a Cleveland-Orlando Eastern final be after all of the "experts" have had Boston-Detroit pencilled in since August? Could happen.
I do still feel the same way about facing the Celts.....although I'm having fun watching them sweat against the Hawks right now. At the very least, we should have an advantage in terms of rest going into the series.

I agree that the Celtics certainly aren't invincible.....Dallas won 67 games last year and lost in the first round. Their regular season win total doesn't scare me.....it's their defense that does. All of our guys will need to be sharp on the offensive end (hitting open shots, smart passes, setting good screens, moving without the ball, etc.) to have a chance in that series.

In the meantime, I'll keep rooting for the Hawks!

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