Potent Celtics will test Cavaliers

Potent Celtics will test Cavaliers

There are 39 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 4, 2008, titled Potent Celtics will test Cavaliers. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

INDEPENDENCE: When LeBron James first walked into the Boston Celtics' arena, then called the FleetCenter, five years ago, he had to listen to a bunch of stories about the famous Celtic mystique and the genius ...

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LUCKY

Gardiner, NY

#23 May 5, 2008
The Pistons team, who made no new adjustments would beat Boston. Lebron Creates 4 match-up problems now that he doesn't have to be on the ball he will be in the post. Boston doesn't have a center. Any team without a center Cannot beat Cleveland. We have the best defensive center in the East.
CAVS IN 4!!!!!!!!!!
THANK ME WHEN IT'S OVER!!!!!!!!!!
ATB

Milwaukee, WI

#24 May 5, 2008
Disclaimer: Just in case Yolanda or John are checking the board today, I was being SARCASTIC in both of my earlier posts.
ATB

Milwaukee, WI

#25 May 5, 2008
Tcebular wrote:
"DeShawn Stevenson... was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making a throat-slashing gesture in the first quarter of..."
"Kevin Garnett took a behind-the-back pass from Paul Pierce, slammed in the dunk to make the lead three dozen points and then slashed his hand across his throat to signal what the Atlanta Hawks already knew."
Will the league do the saame to Garnett? Or, is he too big of a star?
It was less publicized than DeStupid's fine, but Pierce was actually also fined for making a menacing gesture toward the Hawks' bench during their series.
Larry Legend

Richfield, OH

#26 May 5, 2008
Celtics in 4.
Sorry Cavs!
ATB

Milwaukee, WI

#27 May 5, 2008
Larry Legend wrote:
Celtics in 4.
Sorry Cavs!
What a stupid post and prediction. Have you paid any attention at all to the first round? I am not ready to predict that the Cavs will upset the mighty Celtics, but it won't be a sweep. You may as well have picked the Celtics in three.

Let's not forget that this Celtics team still has never won anything meaningful, 66 regular-season wins or not. So far they're nothing but a regular-season team that just escaped what would have been the most monumental collapse in NBA playoff history. If the Hawks could take them to the brink and force a game 7, what will happen when they face teams that have actually been in the playoffs during the past decade, let alone won multiple series? We'll see.

As of right now, LeBron has one more finals appearance than (and the same number of rings as) all of the the "Big Three" combined.

GO CAVS!
Dinner Bell Mel

United States

#28 May 5, 2008
Lil Jimmy Norton wrote:
Sadly, this series will probably come down to the officials. The league is so set on a Lakers-Celtics final - see Kobe Bryant shooting 23 free throws yesterday - it will be tough to overcome that. LeBron will be lucky to get 23 free throws the entire series and better pray the league doesn't let Kevin Garnett take a chainsaw on the court with him. If the refs call the series even, the Cavs have a great chance. They have more playoff experience, have the best player, and are the defending Eastern Conference champs.
League conspiracy....yawn.....just as many think the league want Lebron....such a boring argument. Why do you bother watching if it comes down to officiating?
Dinner Bell Mel

United States

#29 May 5, 2008
Rick wrote:
The Cavs need to build off of the Wizards series and come hard right out of the blocks. This series will be vastly different, as the Celtic are smart enough to NOT start trash talking. The Celtics are saying all of the right things and making sure there is no bullentin board material. This is a sign that they mean business. The Cavs must be prepared mentally and be willing to take the ball inside FIRST to set up the outside game. Big Z will have his hands full with the Celtics big men and Ben Wallace's A game will certainly be needed. I hope there is a different offensive set other than give the ball to Lebron and spread the floor. The long cross court passes can't be the only offensive weapon as the Celtics will certainly start filling up the passing lanes. All in all, with a "rise up" attitude and game plan it will be a good series!
Actually the Celtics are huge trash talkers. Pierce has a really nasty history with James, and Garnett is notorious for running his mouth during a game. Tempers are likely to flare more than once during the series, with Pierce most likely to lose his cool and Posey most likely to make the flagrant 2 foul and earn a suspension.
Dinner Bell Mel

United States

#30 May 5, 2008
KEVIN AKRON wrote:
the celtics dont have a big to guard z, nobody to guard lebron (like bowen or prince), we have big ben, AV, and joe smith to hound garnett, lebron can keep perice in check then the only thing that has to happen is our guards needs to keep rondo and ray allen from going nuts and the cavs can win this series.
cavs in 6
Let's face it, almost everyone is at a disadvantage one on one against Lebron, but Pierce is a very solid defender, and so is James Posey.
Dinner Bell Mel

United States

#31 May 5, 2008
LambBone wrote:
Cavs have late round playoff experience. Celtics have big three who have been LOSERS in the playoffs every year. Have any of them ever won a second round series? Cavs came together vs. Washington. Celtics showed they're just about out-of-gas against Hawks. Big three are OLD!
And the Cavs have LBJ.
Cavs in 6 (but I really hope it's five because I have something to do the night of game six)
All of the Celtics Big three have played in he Conference Finals at some point in their career. Cassell & Posey have rings. On top of that, there's over 200 games of playoff experience in their locker room between Brown, Pollard, Scalabrine, & House. Don't kid yourself that the Cavs are more experienced or bigger winners. They aren't. But I still hope they win!
ATB

Milwaukee, WI

#32 May 5, 2008
Dinner Bell Mel wrote:
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All of the Celtics Big three have played in he Conference Finals at some point in their career. Cassell & Posey have rings. On top of that, there's over 200 games of playoff experience in their locker room between Brown, Pollard, Scalabrine, & House. Don't kid yourself that the Cavs are more experienced or bigger winners. They aren't. But I still hope they win!
You're right about the role players' experience, but the guys who will have the ball in their hands when it counts have yet to prove they can advance on the big stage. Garnett deferred to Cassell during his MVP year, Ray Allen was often second or third fiddle to Robinson and/or Cassell, and Pierce often deferred to Walker for last-second shots (although he admittedly is the most established big-game player of the three). Point is, Finals experience in your number 8-10 guys doesn't do you much good if your number 1 is not clutch, and Garnett has never proven that he is (a true no. 1 OR clutch). They're a great team, no question. But they haven't proven anything yet, despite the fact that every third commercial and ESPN story is about them. Should be a good series.

GO CAVS!
LBJ is AOK

Los Angeles, CA

#33 May 5, 2008
Colts Celts Fan wrote:
I say Celtics in 6. Teams just don't go to a championship one year lose and return the following EXPEICALLY IF THAT TEAM HAS 1 OR MRE CHAMPOIONSHIP UNDER THERE BELT!!!!!!! Infact the only time I've ever seen a team do that in the NBA was in 1997 & 1998 with the Utah Jazz when they got smashed by the Bulls both times!!!!!
So Cleveland is going down in 6 games seen it happen.
uh...who has 1 OR MRE CHAMPOIONSHIP UNDER THERE BELT? The Celts have a dominant history, but haven't won since the Champ since 86. Playoff experience from 22 years ago is probably not going to help them out that much this week.

Since: Dec 07

United States

#34 May 5, 2008
ATB wrote:
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You're right about the role players' experience, but the guys who will have the ball in their hands when it counts have yet to prove they can advance on the big stage. Garnett deferred to Cassell during his MVP year, Ray Allen was often second or third fiddle to Robinson and/or Cassell, and Pierce often deferred to Walker for last-second shots (although he admittedly is the most established big-game player of the three). Point is, Finals experience in your number 8-10 guys doesn't do you much good if your number 1 is not clutch, and Garnett has never proven that he is (a true no. 1 OR clutch). They're a great team, no question. But they haven't proven anything yet, despite the fact that every third commercial and ESPN story is about them. Should be a good series.
GO CAVS!
Dude, you're my new favorite poster. Come on over to some Brown's articles, I've got some Steelers fans for you to talk to.

Also, I'm interested to see the Wallace/Garnett matchup. Both are premier defenders. I want to see if Wallace can be more of a defensive force now that he doesn't have to run out to the 3 point line (Jamison).

If he holds his own, LeBron outscores Pierce, and the biggest one of all: JUST STAY ON ALLEN OUTSIDE THE 3 PT LINE!... Then I like our chances. Let Rondo go to the basket all day. I'll live with that. Just don't let him drive, then we come off to help, and he dishes for a thundering dunk from Garnett that sends the Gardens into a frenzy. Likewise, don't break down to help defend Rondo and let ol'man Allen score 3 after 3 after 3 without having to take a step to get open.
William Murderface

Miami, FL

#35 May 5, 2008
The Celtics are old and tired... Cavs win this thing in 6.
eric

Muntinlupa City, Philippines

#36 May 5, 2008
bring on the c's...
gwapogi007

Mandaluyong, Philippines

#37 May 6, 2008
I think it will be the team with the big heart wins and its a good match-up and the winner of this series will definitely become the nba champs, good luck cavs good luck celts may the best team win.
steve

New Berlin, WI

#38 May 6, 2008
The Cavs can win this series.
Cavs uh oh

Akron, OH

#39 May 6, 2008
The trade actually hurt the Cavs in a seven game series with Boston. Boston is vulnerable to athletic penetrators. Besides Lebron, the Cavs don't have that. The Cavs after the trade became a jump shooting team which plays right into the Celts hands. I would of prefered to go against Detroit with this Cavs lineup. They could of pulled that out. Sadly, I don't think the Cavs win more than two in this one.
And Doc Rivers > than Mike Brown. Sorry had to throw that in there.
Eric

Gainesville, FL

#40 May 6, 2008
Celtics win tonight by 10
LBJ is AOK

Los Angeles, CA

#44 May 9, 2008
Colts Celtics Fan wrote:
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That's why there due Kobe Krybaby fan!!!!!!!!!
Pistons and Lakers suck, Go Colts and Cletics!!!!!
PS.
Pats are more due to start FINALLY sucking ass!!!!
Thanks for contradicting yourself and making my argument easy.

News flash - even though they were winning, the PATS HAVE ALWAYS SUCKED!

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