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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Fairlawn Cliche Fan

Strongsville, OH

#43 Jun 8, 2007
That was the big play that capped the rally.
That was the game's defining play.
That's 14 unanswered points.
That's a nail in the coffin.
That's gotta hurt.
That's his patented jumper.
That's stuff for the highlight film.
That's the key statistic.
That's the key to the game.
That's too little, too late.
That's what they bring to the table.
The altitude factor.
The ball had eyes.
The ball just didn't bounce our way.
The ball took a bad hop.
The best team won today.
The big guy is really sweeping the glass.
The bodies are flying.
The camera will always show some fan holding a poster that uses the network's initials to spell-out a phrase about the home team.
The city has rallied around this team.
The clock factor.
The clock is their ally.
The clock is their enemy.
The coach has been under fire.
The coach is on the hot seat.
The coach's head is on the chopping block.
The competitive juices are flowing.
The cream always rises to the top.
The crowd factor
The crowd is going wild.
The crowd is really into it now.
The defense had that play sniffed out.
The defense must make a stand.
The defensive line is quick off the ball.
The desire to win clouded our judgement.
The ________ factor
The experience factor.
The fans are getting their money's worth.
The fans are on their feet.
The fatigue factor.
The final score is the only statistic that matters.
The final score was not a true indication.
The free throw shooting has been anemic.
The game has passed him by.
The game is on the line
The game was a lot closer than the final score indicates.
The guys in the pits won this one for us.
The highest expression of disbelief for an announcer is the ubiquitous "Unbelievable!", but it may soon be replaced by "Are you kiddin' me?!"
The humidity factor.
The important thing is that we win.
The injury factor.
The intangibles will be the key.
The mental factor.
The motivation factor.
The offense is too predictable.
The officials could call holding on every play.
The officials take a lot of criticism, but they usually get it right.
The officials were right on top of that.
The players have bought into the system.
The prevent defense prevents you from winning.
The psychological factor.
The refs should let them play.
The revenge factor.
The roof just caved in.
The rout is on.
The safety didn't get there in time.
The season is a marathon - not a sprint.
The team is really high on him.
The team looks to him for leadership.
The team with the fewest turnovers wins.

United States

#44 Jun 8, 2007
Just a fan wrote:
What is wrong with you people! One game in the finals for the very first time ever and you guys act like it is over! Common Sense comes into play here. Miami lost the first two games and was losing by 15 points in game 3 in the third quater. Relax enjoy the ride. I love larry hughes but you don't bench him you move him over on bowens. Sasha must play better defense on Manu! Don't leave him. Play him like he did Vince. Do not use him to double duncan. You start gibson who do you bring off the bench then? Stop crying it is only game 1. If you guys are true fans you should know that these guys was not going to win game one. Its called nerves, never been there and tight. There big three showed up and we played ugly. Waite for game 2 and I bet you Lebron, Z, Gooden and Sasha will not have bad games. Just watch. Think postive the world is not over.
I'm with you, jaf, and I am still optimistic, but, you see, the thing is, anyone who watched the game last night knew by the start of the third quarter that Hughes was just not getting the job done. On EITHER end. Moving him over on Bowen, as you suggest, means that LeBron has to keep guarding Parker, and that is not the answer. Whether Gibson starts or not, he needs to be in there for the bulk of the minutes. He, like LeBron, should never be off the floor for more than a few minutes at a time right now. He's just playing too well. It's almost like Brownie has some sort of "adjustments are for sissies" attitude about this. He needs to WATCH WHAT IS HAPPENING AND ADJUST. Right now, Gibson is playing the best ball of anyone on the team. Giving him only 27 minutes last night was RIDICULOUS!

United States

#45 Jun 8, 2007
Hey Fairlawn Cliche Fan:

That's a very impressive list of sports cliches. I am sure it took you a long time to compile all of them, and I am also sure you have been dying to find someplace to share your efforts. I am not sure why you decided this was the proper forum and context for doing so, but, uhh... thanks?

Now, back to the Cavs...
D Trump

United States

#46 Jun 8, 2007
The 'Humble One' will rebound in game 2 & once again be the new MJ.

Natchitoches, LA

#47 Jun 8, 2007
Kent Dawg wrote:
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Where are all the "How great LJ Is"? Last week you guys couldn't shut up, and you all believed he could walk on water and wrote blasfemis (sp?) comments. Now you can hear a cricket churp.
He is still great. Get on line and read Mike Lopresti's column this morning. What is being asked of LeBron, at age 22, is more than has been asked of a lot of big name people from the past, both in pro sports and outside of pro sports. Bottom line - the Cavs are in the finals, LeBron is great and getting greater, and if you don't like it, too bad. Chirp, chirp (spelled correctly).
mark d

Austin, TX

#48 Jun 8, 2007
Go spurs go!!!!!!!!!!Spurs have more experrence than the cav.Spurs will win the NBA Finals In 6 games. Sorry Cavs But GO SPURS GO
With Hughes we lose

East Lansing, MI

#49 Jun 8, 2007
The sad thing is that Lebron had to match up to Parker last night after Hughes couldn't step up. Therefore, Lebron had to chase Parker all around the court last night while Hughes was able to just stand in the corner and guard Bruce Bowen in case there was a skip pass. Kind of makes you wonder why Hughes is in the game if he's not going to be a key defensively (is it because of his all star offensive skills?).

Meanwhile, this takes away Lebron's energy for the offensive end. If Hughes wants to help the team, he ought to realize he is worth crap and not dress for these games. That is the only way Brown will not play him.

Realistically, I think the Cavs can play well enough and should be able to make some easy adjustments to win this. One being not to let Parker get into the middle of the floor (ahem, Mr. Hughes). The spurs only scored 85 on us last night (even with Hughes giving up at least 12 easy points in the 1st quarter).

I cannot watch this series if Hughes gets that much time and Snow sits there on the bench to play the last 2 seconds of each quarter for defensive purposes. I will not watch Hughes lose this series for us. I almost watched him lose the series against the pistons. I respect everyone else's effort last night (especially Varejo - man does he bring it every night!). Go Cavs!
Tim in Plantation FL

Minneapolis, MN

#50 Jun 8, 2007
A healthy Larry Hughes could contain Tony Parker, because he's a very good defensive player. But, it's obvious that a hobbling Larry Hughes with only one good foot can't. He was even having a hard time with Billups who's not as quick, but he has no chance against the quickness of Parker. Gibson should be playing 40 min/game the rest of the series. Does anyone know what the point differential was for when Gibson was in the game vs on the bench? If Brown insists on playing Hughes these kind of minutes, then he must have Lebron guard Parker instead while Hughes is in the game because noone else on the roster can keep up with him except the young, athletic Gibson. He will continue to break our defense down and get easy layups for himself or Duncan.

I'm not overly concerned yet- it's just the first game and I was expecting to lose this one. We won't always shoot that bad. Go Cavs!
Candid on Cavs

Wooster, OH

#51 Jun 8, 2007
We will know more, a lot more, when we see how the team responds and adjusts in the second game. The Cavs went 0-2 vs. the Pistons just a couple of weeks ago. Yes, the Spurs are better than Detroit, but as Pluto writes this Cavs team is resilient.
Maybe they have a "we're just glad to be here" attitude, which will be fatal. Or maybe the Cavs bounce back. In the end, it's entertainment, and the fact that people are excited and involved shows that it's an even more compelling drama than watching Paris Hilton get in and out of jail.
So just remember, itís best of seven, itís fun, itís Cavs basketball in June. Enjoy!

Bronx, NY

#52 Jun 8, 2007
it's extremely important for the cavs to get an offensive minded assistant coach in the offseason . it baffles me how mike brown can't see how easy it is to trap lebron and make him less effective when he starts with the ball at the top of the key , he made the spurs job of defending lebron very easy . let him start his offense in the post and coming off screens around the baseline . once you give him the ball at the top of the key , the entire defense can lock in on him and pack up the lane . phil jackson had tex winters , mike brown needs his tex winters or he will not last long as a head coach
Paul D Brown

Covington, KY

#53 Jun 8, 2007
Measuring out the competition is about the only thing to say about that first one.
I'm convinced that if the two young guys play over their heads at the perimeter this Cavs bunch can survive any physical ordeal.

Detroit, MI

#54 Jun 8, 2007
D Trump wrote:
The 'Humble One' will rebound in game 2 & once again be the new MJ.

Dallas, TX

#55 Jun 8, 2007
D Trump wrote:
The 'Humble One' will rebound in game 2 & once again be the new MJ.
hahaha are you serious?? Wow thats like comparing water to gatorade.
Bore Vidal


#56 Jun 8, 2007
The bigger issue is when is the Cav from South America with the Swedish first name going to cut his afro...get a haircut, hippie!!!

Newport, AR

#57 Jun 9, 2007
Rise Up! Hughes must go and boobie must stay. Hughes has been killing us all year, but for him to play his game and not shoot could help. I don't know if it is possible, but he could help. He short arms everything. Sad but true. I have seriously considered having two tears tattoed on my face to depict his jump shots.

Cleveland, OH

#58 Jun 11, 2007
Down one, not done?

Down two. It's through.

Jersey City, NJ

#59 Jun 11, 2007

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