an empty-basket case

an empty-basket case

There are 52 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 6, 2008, titled an empty-basket case. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

BOSTON: The game couldn't have been uglier, but it also maybe couldn't have been more winnable for the Cavaliers.

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brother fox

Ashland, OH

#1 May 6, 2008
speaking of Sam Cassell, how did the celtics end up with him? just curiosity..thought the cavs played terrible but we were in the game till
the end..why does't 'Z' ever get a play run for him. does 'potato head'
have any plays other than get LeBron
the ball and lets see what happens?
again, just curiosity..........
alonzo

United States

#2 May 7, 2008
Go Cavs, win game 2. This series is VERY winnable!!!
Old Man Grump

Akron, OH

#3 May 7, 2008
Almost stole one in Boston. LeBron will shoot better in game 2. Celtics Defense is awesome. Still looking like Celtics in 6 games, but maybe not. GO CAVS !!!
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#4 May 7, 2008
Too much James holding the ball stuff again. Don't understand why this persists. The Celts played excellent defense but not that good. In the end the Cavs had a "gang that couldn't shoot straight" night.

And what the [email protected] was Sasha doing in there? This isn't the time to work him back in the rotation. Rather see Devon Brown who is more physical and more of a reliable scorer at this point.

But you got to be happy with the Cav's defense. If this is the worst game they play offensively then I'd say we have a pretty good chance.

Cavs must hold home court because there is no way we win two in Boston. I like our chances. Just wish we had reliable outside offense.
Eric

Gainesville, FL

#5 May 7, 2008
What does Lebron do well besides dunk? He routinely misses layups, and that's something that's been a problem since he entered the league, he has no mid-range game, no post game and can't shoot from outside. He's no more skilled or better in 2008 than he was in 2003. Once again he has been exposed as the most skill less "superstar" in the league. Did he learn anything from the finals? I thought he worked on his game over the summer. Ha! The Celtics in 5!
Dog

Akron, OH

#6 May 7, 2008
We beat the wiz without Sasha, we will get beat by Boston with Sasha. What a coach we have.
FootsieW

Sanibel, FL

#7 May 7, 2008
Everytime I was thinking how ugly this game was I had to remind myself what a tremendous defensive battle I was watching. Great defense makes an NBA game look ugly. This will be a real challenge for coach Brown and his staff to make the adjustments needed against the NBAs best Defense. The Cavs played one heck of a defensive game themselves! Go Cavs!
RPB

Mckees Rocks, PA

#8 May 7, 2008
East Side Joe wrote:
Too much James holding the ball stuff again. Don't understand why this persists. The Celts played excellent defense but not that good. In the end the Cavs had a "gang that couldn't shoot straight" night.
And what the [email protected] was Sasha doing in there? This isn't the time to work him back in the rotation. Rather see Devon Brown who is more physical and more of a reliable scorer at this point.
But you got to be happy with the Cav's defense. If this is the worst game they play offensively then I'd say we have a pretty good chance.
Cavs must hold home court because there is no way we win two in Boston. I like our chances. Just wish we had reliable outside offense.
ESJ, I am wondering why Devin Brown did not play, but I was pleasantly surprised by what Sasha contributed. I thought he looked good on both ends, and he could be very valuable as this series continues.

It's nice to see that on the most critical defensive play of the night Mike Brown didn't have his best post defender in because he assumed the Celtics were going to call a timeout. Good job Mike!

The Celtics are beatable, despite what the national media has told us all year.

Go Cavs!
FootsieW

Sanibel, FL

#9 May 7, 2008
Eric, Gainesville Fl. You have obviously watched exactly 2 games in which LeBron has played, the last two, in your life. Your comments are so absurd they are beyond laughable. He will come back with a vengence as he always does. I give the Celtics credit as the best defensive team in the NBA. Perhaps you shouldbe commenting on how well Paul Pierce and Ray Allen played? How many rebounds and assists did they have, oh, and points too?

“Can We Euthanize Pronk? ”

Since: Apr 08

Cleveland

#11 May 7, 2008
On Opening Night Dallas double and even triple-teamed LeBron when he came off the high pick, allowing our bigs to roll down the middle of the lane (which sadly none of them do now that DrewShawn Goodenson is in Chi)... all night he looked confused and frustrated and only managed to score a measely 10pts.

But two days later, he lit up the supposedly "resurgent" Knicks for 45.
I will be shocked if we do not see a repeat performance Thursday.
Anything less than 38/10/6 will be a major letdown.

And- He will NEVER miss three consecutive lay-ups in the 4th quarter again.
Optimist

Venice, CA

#13 May 7, 2008
Good that Pierce and Allen were off last night, The Cavs was clovered by just 4. Probably Lebron will come back tomorrow, The Cavs has only one star compared to 3 on the other sides. I don't think Lebron will win tomorrow unless the Coach has a game plan.
Cavalier Traveler

Wooster, OH

#14 May 7, 2008
Don't panic. LeBron will NOT have another game like this one. In fact, he'll be more fired up than ever.
Don't panic. The Cavs almost won this game with their superstar having one of the worst night of his career. Who would have predicted that?
Don't panic. They need to take this next one in Boston and take Boston to the mat.
Don't panic. The Cavs will be back.
brutus

Cleveland, OH

#15 May 7, 2008
Eric wrote:
What does Lebron do well besides dunk? He routinely misses layups, and that's something that's been a problem since he entered the league, he has no mid-range game, no post game and can't shoot from outside. He's no more skilled or better in 2008 than he was in 2003. Once again he has been exposed as the most skill less "superstar" in the league. Did he learn anything from the finals? I thought he worked on his game over the summer. Ha! The Celtics in 5!
Let's see , he's only the third player in the NBA history ( Michael Jordan , Oscar Robertson the other two ) to average the points , rebounds and assists per game that he did over an entire season . Stick to commenting about American Idol and quit with the stupid posts .
Lil Jimmy Norton

Macedonia, OH

#16 May 7, 2008
From Windhorst's blog: "Sasha Pavlovic in for Devin Brown. Sasha was back in midseason form, playing seven hollow minutes with a missed layup."

No more Sasha. I don't need to see anymore of his 29 percent shooting.
Jack Mehoffer

Macedonia, OH

#17 May 7, 2008
RPB wrote:
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ESJ, I am wondering why Devin Brown did not play, but I was pleasantly surprised by what Sasha contributed. I thought he looked good on both ends, and he could be very valuable as this series continues.
Yeah, he delivered a giant turd in the punchbowl. The Celtics will be thrilled if he continues to play in this series.
John

Brookline, MA

#18 May 7, 2008
Besides the fact Sasha is a much better defender than the other two options (Wally & Devin), I guess you guys missed the key 3 pointer he hit to cut the deficit to 55-56 in the 4th and then a minute later stripped his man of the ball for a steal and converted a conventional three point play to put the Cavs in the lead 60-59. The Cavs shot 31% and you guys are complaining about the guy who shot 66%(2 for 3 from the floor, 2 of 3 from the line). Unbelievable. Wally shoots 5-14. Devin 'turnover' Brown is on the bench where he should be because his D is awful, and you guys bash Sasha who played well.
rufus

Raleigh, NC

#19 May 7, 2008
Overrated!
Moved

Naples, FL

#20 May 7, 2008
The Celtics seemed afraid of the Cavs...then we gave the game away to them. LBJ is allowed one bad game, that's it. The Cavs maybe would have won if Boobie shot the last one.
RPB

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 May 7, 2008
Jack Mehoffer wrote:
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Yeah, he delivered a giant turd in the punchbowl. The Celtics will be thrilled if he continues to play in this series.
Please elaborate. I'm not quite sure how Sasha's performance last night should be described as a "turd in the punchbowl."

I saw him hit a big 3, have a steal with a lay-up and foul. And, he played great defense on Ray Allen, who by the way, didn't score. Considering it was the first time he has played significant minutes in a month, I think he will be a positive factor as the series goes on.

Please, tell us how his performance was so bad...
Moved

Naples, FL

#22 May 7, 2008
In fact, I'm a little disappointed in Bron. Not because of the turnovers and shooting percentage, but because he took the last shot. The Cavs had beaten up the Celts all night without LBJ. He should have let them take the last shot, too. Live and learn, which I'm sure he did. On to game two.

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