Cavs must ask themselves why they pla...

Cavs must ask themselves why they played so poorly

There are 20 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 24, 2008, titled Cavs must ask themselves why they played so poorly. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

WASHINGTON: The Cavaliers didn't just lose Thursday night. They lost so badly they got the Washington Wizards back into this first-round NBA playoff series.

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JNP

Erie, PA

#1 Apr 25, 2008
They were pathetic! I was embarrassed for them last night.

Couple of things:

Was there a rule or magical fence that was created that did not allow our point guards to penetrate inside the 3 point arc. Good gracious -- penetrate once in a while, don't pick up your dribble as soon as you get across the time line and attract double teams.

Andy should not even think about shooting the basketball. I cringe right now every time he touches the ball.

Lebron - split the double team before they can get set up when you have the ball on top. You waited way to long and allowed their trap D to get set up.

Stop the lazy cross-court passes. They wont get there in this league.

finally, penetrate, penetrate, and penetrate. They settled for way to many jump shots early on. The first two games, they set the tempo by driving to the hoop and keeping the Wizards on their heals. They did none of that. Lebron, please be a little more agressive.

There was no passion last night or prep either to be truthful. That falls on both the players and coaches.

Mike Brown - I hope you come up with better adjustments on both offense and defense for the next game. I am not going to bash you just yet. I feel you did a great job in the first two games, but you looked outcoached last night in a big way!

Let's go get game 4

Go Cavs
FootsieW

Sanibel, FL

#2 Apr 25, 2008
The Cavs fans would have been booing harder than the Wiz fans did everytime LBJ touched the ball had this game been at home. OK, its out of their system. Hope these guys watched the Indians-Red Sox series last year! They walked through this game like Washington was already beaten. Wake up Cavs!
joe

Freehold, NJ

#3 Apr 25, 2008
watching the game last night, you'd think the Wizards were up 3-0 in the NBA finals and on their way to an easy win in the 4th game, not down 2-0 in the opening round.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#4 Apr 25, 2008
JNP wrote:
They were pathetic! I was embarrassed for them last night.
Couple of things:
Was there a rule or magical fence that was created that did not allow our point guards to penetrate inside the 3 point arc. Good gracious -- penetrate once in a while, don't pick up your dribble as soon as you get across the time line and attract double teams.
Andy should not even think about shooting the basketball. I cringe right now every time he touches the ball.
Lebron - split the double team before they can get set up when you have the ball on top. You waited way to long and allowed their trap D to get set up.
Stop the lazy cross-court passes. They wont get there in this league.
finally, penetrate, penetrate, and penetrate. They settled for way to many jump shots early on. The first two games, they set the tempo by driving to the hoop and keeping the Wizards on their heals. They did none of that. Lebron, please be a little more agressive.
There was no passion last night or prep either to be truthful. That falls on both the players and coaches.
Mike Brown - I hope you come up with better adjustments on both offense and defense for the next game. I am not going to bash you just yet. I feel you did a great job in the first two games, but you looked outcoached last night in a big way!
Let's go get game 4
Go Cavs
These are the Cavs we are familiar with, poorly designed offense (as JNP points out) and all. Now it is character test time for the Cavs as the Wiz have proven worhthy. The only thing good is that game four isn't a back-to-backer -- which the Cavs would surely lose. And James should be at the top of his game.

But that is the problem. Again, the Cavs seemed destined to turn to James for a one man show. In my book, either Cavs do this as a team or they fall as a team. None of this one-on-five [email protected]
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#5 Apr 25, 2008
joe wrote:
watching the game last night, you'd think the Wizards were up 3-0 in the NBA finals and on their way to an easy win in the 4th game, not down 2-0 in the opening round.
Cav's win game four and it is over, correct. The problem is we have no idea which team will show-up for game four? All year we have watched the Cav's of game three. Remember in game one and two we saw the best the team has played all year.
hdawg

United States

#6 Apr 25, 2008
They were bound to play poorly at least once, but I really don't see Washington winning any games in Cleveland.
Thor god of thunder

Fort Mill, SC

#7 Apr 25, 2008
The Cavs must ask Mike Brown why they played as poorly as they did. They had a chance to put the Wizards in a big hole but not only did the Wiz make the series 2-1 they are back mentally. The Wizards did not win this game by playing out of their minds, 80% shooting from the 3 point line etc., they came out and whooped the Cavs a$$es. Mike Brown may be good at the X's and O's on defense but he can't motivate. A very bad loss, this one falls squarely on the coach, Mike Brown always seems a step behind.
hdawg

United States

#8 Apr 25, 2008
When you lose by that many points it's everybody, not just the coach.

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Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#9 Apr 25, 2008
Wow! McManamon really ripped 'em a new one in that article.

Turned it off midway through the 3rd quarter. I was gettin' ill.

I hope they get their shizzle together for Game 4. Washington has got a truckload of momentum right now.
rdplatwa

Harrison, OH

#10 Apr 25, 2008
Not that he is at the center of the Cav's shortcomings, but the team should take a long, hard look at whether or not to give Daniel Gibson another contract when his current one expires. He's nothing more than a smaller version of Wally World. Good point guards can break down a defense - he isn't capable and cannot create his own shot. Offensively he seems incapable of shaking his defender. His own defense is mediocre at best (and at times ranges to poor). He's simply a spot up shooter, inconsistent from night to night. Yes, he's a nice kid and LeBron's buddy, but unless he improves dramatically the Cavs need to dump him and continue their seemingly endless search for a good point guard (and Delonte West isn't the answer either).
RoYourBoat

United States

#11 Apr 25, 2008
Bad Habits! The 36 point record breaking enbarassment called a NBA playoff game was caused by the return of bad habits. All season long the Cavs have developed the habit of sloppy play resulting in turnovers. That habit returned last night with 23 total turnovers. Most were careless and/or uncontested. The 2nd bad habit is lack of focus. This team loves to relax after doing something well. They think of themselves as Eastern Conference Champions. Well, they were that last year only after realizing thet they had to keep their heads in the game 48 minutes. The list of bad habits developed during the season can go on and on. Hope that the game 3 embarassment will shock LeBron and the team into vowing to break the bad habits for the rest of the playoffs.
hdawg

United States

#12 Apr 25, 2008
I don't think they'll have any problems getting out of the 1st round, the problem lies with their inability to play well on the road since the trade. They no longer have home court advantage after this series, so that's scary.
Veezy

Elmhurst, IL

#13 Apr 25, 2008
I've played sports all my life and I can't recall ever feeling like it was the coach's fault when we lost, especially by 36pts. Do you recall Mike Brown taking any of those wide-open looks? Did he pick his dribble up 45 feet away from the basket and allow himself to be trapped? Was he the one who had all those silly, unforced turnovers? NO, NO, and NO!! If you can't find motivation in the battle itself then you might as well not show up to fight at all!
rdplatwa

Harrison, OH

#15 Apr 25, 2008
JNP is right about the guards penetrating. What JNP overlooked is the Cavs have no guards that can penetrate. Not West or Wally or Gibson. It's been years and years since the Cavs had a decent point guard (think Andre Miller, Terrell Brandon or Kevin Johnson - all traded away). I think Wayne Embry was the GM the last time the Cavs had a real point guard and I don't know how many years that has been.
Josh

AOL

#16 Apr 25, 2008
Everybody take a deep breath. Game 4 should be a dandy. Look for LeBron to get back to his old ways and attack the rim. Cavs in 5...

“All for 1, 1 for all”

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#17 Apr 25, 2008
It's only ONE game. Get Over it.
theCZARofDC

Greenwood, IN

#18 Apr 25, 2008
As good as Lebron is, the cavs are a one trick pony and now lets see if your eggroll players will step up. oooooooovvvvvvveeeeeerrrrrraaa aaatttttteeeeddddd!!!!
Josh

AOL

#19 Apr 27, 2008
Delonte West...

b1tch...

Stick a fork in the Wizz, maybe next year huh?
23alltheway

United States

#20 Apr 27, 2008
theCZARofDC wrote:
As good as Lebron is, the cavs are a one trick pony and now lets see if your eggroll players will step up. oooooooovvvvvvveeeeeerrrrrraaa aaatttttteeeeddddd!!!!
3-1....yeahhh baby....we will be sending the statutory rapist and company ( in case your ignorant, I'm speaking of Stevenson) packing on Wednesday night

“All for 1, 1 for all”

Since: Apr 08

Akron, Ohio

#21 Apr 27, 2008
Sweeeeeeeeet! Luvin THIS rivalry! Luvin Delonte too, for steppin up when called upon. Come on home.

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