down one, not done

down one, not done

There are 57 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 8, 2007, titled down one, not done. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Fortunately for the Cavaliers, it's the NBA Finals, not the Final. Nothing was expected to come easy in Game 1 on Thursday night deep in Texas, but the Cavs will need to put up a better fight to have any chance ...

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Charlie

Gales Ferry, CT

#1 Jun 8, 2007
There are definately things that we have to work on. One of them is better rotation on defensive help with the high screen and pick and roll. The other thing is that the offense needs to hit the open shots when they get a look. We just didnt hit the shot when they had the chance, with case in point onoy 4 assist from Lebron. He gave the team great looks with the drive and kick.

But one bright spot is that Drew, Sasha and Boobie played a great game and they tried to keep us in it. The dribble drive by both Sasha and Boobie was good, they both attacked the basket which is what you have to do with a big presence in the middle. And Drew was his normal steady self with nice open mid range jump shots and the occasional drive off the ball.

I am just upset by Z and his lack luster performance. 1-8 shooting and he was a non factor on the offensive side of the ball all night. The team has to find a better way to get him involved or we will be in trouble. I mean you expect all the focus to be on Lebron and that is what they did but the others on the floor need to step up and come to play. Like I said we got a good game from Drew, Sasha and Boobie and that was about it.

Granted we lost but I was still impressed with the way the team didnt quit in the 4th when they were down by 18. Nice performance late in the game and lots to build on for game 2.
Temple-Man

Warren, NJ

#2 Jun 8, 2007
The Cavaliers were like a fighter trying to clutch and hold on to avoid getting knocked out. It might've worked if we had gone to Daniel Gibson earlier in the third quarter instead of watching Limping Larry Hughes continue to get roasted by Tony Parker. Hughes let Parker rest on defense, unable to push the ball at him, and got repeatedly roasted by Parker on the other end. The whole country has fingered Gibson as the Cavaliers' wild card to the series. What about us? Isn't this the guy who won the Detroit series? Gibson was efficient and effective on both ends again (7-9 shooting, 4 steals, 4 assists). Hughes? Hopefully that problem will be remedied over the summer.

Z reverted back to his sluggish, tangled 2006 playoff form, but it was his first bad game in a long time. I hope he'll be fine because we have no alternatives. The lousy team rebounding, especially on free throws, was probably due to stargazing butterflies.

LeBron will get his before the series over. But I sure don't want to see Eva dancing on our home floor amid the confetti next week. Let's send her back to Texas with that old Cleveland beer stank in her cashmere.

This really is fun!
Spud

Canton, OH

#3 Jun 8, 2007
Their first time in Finals
And they can't make their shots
Z couldn't score
From his favorite spots

LeBron disappeared
For a quarter or three
They doubled and tripled him
Showed him some "D"

Coach said, "Hey guys,
It's exciting and all,
But you're better than this,
just go and play ball."

But it's plain guaranteed
That the Cavs gonna lose
If they give lots of minutes
To that bum, Larry Hughes!
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#4 Jun 8, 2007
Do all the analysis you want. I'm sure it is all true. But in the end, the Spurs make their shots and the Cavs don't. Marshall and Hughes need to stay out of the game. They are great guys but neither can shoot. Neither can defend. Gibson, Gooden and Z need to shoot more.
Clem

Canton, OH

#5 Jun 8, 2007
Attack the basket, quit waiting for their defense to get in position. With all the missed shot action, and the "could of", "should of", "would of"... hoops, the game would have been closer, and we, "could of" had a shot to win,... maybe. Cut the team loose, what are you waiting for... Game 3 ?.....
Get 'Ol "Limp Foot" Hughes outa there until he heals. This is the CHAMPIONSHIP, We're playin' against the best and the best we can do is put "Limp foot" against a Top Dog like Parker,'Cmon, let's put this machine together, and "W", "W", "W", "W"....

..........RISE UP..........
BigTenFan

Herndon, VA

#6 Jun 8, 2007
East Side Joe wrote:
Marshall and Hughes need to stay out of the game. They are great guys but neither can shoot. Neither can defend. Gibson, Gooden and Z need to shoot more.
Marshall will be hot from time to time, so you roll the dice and let him play. But I just don't have confidence on Hughe's shots. His jump shot percentage is just terrible. Considering he is playing hurt, and no penetration threat, can't keep up with his guys, and he is not natural point guard... I just don't see the point letting Gibson sitting on the bench while seeing Hughes taking up lots of playing time. Eric Snow maybe even better option to him at this moment.....
Again, the worst signing in the current CAVS roster...
Four on Five

Hartville, OH

#7 Jun 8, 2007
Right on Spud,Larry CLANK Hughes, game after game
after game
FAn

Chicago, IL

#8 Jun 8, 2007
Once again I dont agree with the coaches decision - We have made it to the finals - why arent you playing those that bring energy to the game -" Boobie" . Even when I try to give Mike the benefit of the doubt he makes me doubt . We beat the Spurs twice - I know we can beat them again- WE DID NOT COME TO THE FINALS AS A STEPPING STONE WE WANT TO WIN!!
ESE

Cleveland, OH

#9 Jun 8, 2007
I have hated Hughes since they signed him. You can't get away with East St Louis playground skills in the NBA. Parker made him look silly last night, and will for 3 more victories. He couldn't guard Parker HEALTHY, much less on a bad foot. Sit him down. Then release him, along with Donyell Marshall, Ira Newble and Damon Jones. A huge waste of 3 salaries. Wesley can go with them.

I have said it for 2 years and will keep saying it. This team needs a center who can run. You have 4 speedboats and an ocean liner out there. Z kills the break every time they have the chance for one because he can't run.

And WHY does a 7'3" guy get layups blocked?

JUMP!!! DUNK!!! Don't lay the ball up softly. Can he just not jump at ALL?

Kevin Garnett would look SO good in Cleveland.
Fan

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 8, 2007
I agree with everyone - WHY ARE WE PLAYING HUGHES !!!!!! Since he has been here he really hasnt done anything that has impressed me or made me think he was worth the money he was paid to come here . What he did in Washington doesnt mean squat if he can not produce in Cleveland , part of it maybe because he is not playing where he is comfortable and you can not blame him for that - WE NEED A TRUE POINT GUARD! So maybe we shouldnt be so hard on Larry - but rather point the finger where it should be pointed the coaching staff!!!!!
Mike has to find the right formula to play against the Spurs ! Its a game of match and I know we can match them - Come on MIKE BROWN!
Charlie

Gales Ferry, CT

#11 Jun 8, 2007
I would still start larry and then about the 8 minute mark if you see his game is not there take him out for boobie. Let the rook take it to the hole, he proved that with his speed parker with have problems with him on the defensive end as well as us with parker. that could turn out to be the best and most intriguing match up for the whole series.

At this point there is not such thing as gaining confidence its all win or go home. We cant go back to the Q down 2-0 against that team. They are too good, and if we are in a big hole back at the q it will be hard to do what we did to detroit against the Spurs.

RISE UP.....WE ARE ALL WITNESSES!!!!!!
JBB

Palo Alto, CA

#12 Jun 8, 2007
Brown was asked in the post game interview if he plans to give Gibson more playing time instead of Larry Hughes, due to Larry's injury. His response, "No". Gee, that's great Mike, way to make adjustments.

Gibson is turning into a "go-to" player...I think it's time you "go-to" him coach Brown. This isn't the regular season, you can't wait too long to pull the trigger. I'm a big Hughes fan, but it's easy to see he's not effective on offense, and there's no way in hell he can guard anyone with his foot being the way it is.

Hoping the next several games are much better than last night, the 2nd half was an absolute snoozer.

All in all, I expected the Cavs to get spanked in the first game...it was their first game ever in the Finals, and it showed. If they don't show up in game 2, then it's time to worry and we'll be lucky to see anything longer than a five game series.
ATB

Canal Winchester, OH

#13 Jun 8, 2007
"Understand our personnel a little better"?!

Hey Brownie, PLAY BOOBIE GIBSON FOR 40+ MINUTES!!!!

What's to understand?! What else does the kid have to do?!

Hughes is killing us.
JBB

Palo Alto, CA

#14 Jun 8, 2007
ESE wrote:
I have hated Hughes since they signed him. You can't get away with East St Louis playground skills in the NBA. Parker made him look silly last night, and will for 3 more victories. He couldn't guard Parker HEALTHY, much less on a bad foot. Sit him down. Then release him, along with Donyell Marshall, Ira Newble and Damon Jones. A huge waste of 3 salaries. Wesley can go with them.
I have said it for 2 years and will keep saying it. This team needs a center who can run. You have 4 speedboats and an ocean liner out there. Z kills the break every time they have the chance for one because he can't run.
And WHY does a 7'3" guy get layups blocked?
JUMP!!! DUNK!!! Don't lay the ball up softly. Can he just not jump at ALL?
Kevin Garnett would look SO good in Cleveland.
You hate Larry Hughes...what? Do you even know Larry Hughes?? Hughes is good guy, who is having a tough season...relax. Exactly how much money do you think the Cavs have to release Hughes, Marshall, Jones and Newble, and then pay for their replacements...um, there is such a thing as a salary cap. Yes, Z played like crap last night, but he's been great this post season. Last time I looked, the Cavs are in the NBA Finals...you make it sound like they didn't even make the playoffs.

One thing I do agree with is that Garnett would look great here in Cleveland...we'll see if Dan Gilbert is willing to take a hit in the pocket book and pay a stiff luxury tax.

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#15 Jun 8, 2007
As the first poster said, it all came down to hitting (or in this case, missing) open shots. If they hit their open shots (as professionals should), they win this game. They only lost by nine.....That's 4 or 5 open shots.

They can play with this team. The free-throw rebounding drove me crazy though. Absolutely terrible.....box out for God's sake.

I'm not worried about LeBron. He seems to get progressively better as a series goes on.
Catherine

Canton, OH

#16 Jun 8, 2007
BENCH LARRY

PUT IN BOOBIE FOR THE STARTING LINE!

JAMES NEEDS TO ONCE AGAIN TURN IT ON!

Z BETTER START MOVING THOSE BIG FEET OF HIS!

SASHA KEEP DRIVING!

DREW NEEDS TO STEP UP AGAIN AND HELP OUT

ANDY NEEDS TO STOP FLOPPING!!

MARSHALL NEEDS TO GET HOT AGAIN!

“Serenity Now!”

Since: May 07

York Township, OH

#17 Jun 8, 2007
Charlie wrote:
I would still start larry and then about the 8 minute mark if you see his game is not there take him out for boobie.....
I agree. Brown is just so stubborn though. Look how long it took him to finally bench Snow earlier this year.
Josh, where are you? I need some positive thoughts here.....I am having doubts.
WhereAreTheLebro nHaters

Grove City, OH

#18 Jun 8, 2007
C'mon Brown, make some kind of adjustment to the way the Spurs are playing us. I seen a couple times where they ran screen plays for Lebron and he got open shots. The pick and roll is playing into their hands right now. We need the good ole' movement of motion offense. Then, when they adjust to that, go back to the pick and roll. I know Mike is learning, but we need him to grow up real fast on offense. We definitely have a chance. Cavs in 6.
Rick

Anaheim, CA

#19 Jun 8, 2007
This team will regroup and give the Spurs all they can handle in game two. Remember, as bad as the Cavs shot in the first half they still kept within 5 until the third quarter. LeBron needs to read as much press as he can, and make them eat their words for the remainder of the Finals. RISE UP CLEVELAND!!!!!
Bob

Citrus Heights, CA

#20 Jun 8, 2007
Either Mike Brown is a bad coach incapable of making adjustments...or Larry Hughes has photos of Brown cheating on his wife. Either way it's not good.

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