Cavs wake up and win big

Cavs wake up and win big

There are 18 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 10, 2008, titled Cavs wake up and win big. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

CLEVELAND: With the competition pushing from behind, the Cavaliers realized Wednesday's game was sort of important .

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East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#1 Apr 10, 2008
I draw no conclusions from this victory. Hope it's actually a trend.
Optimist

Venice, CA

#3 Apr 10, 2008
MAY THIS BE THE START OF JOURNEY TO THE FINAL,HOPEFULLY
ATB

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Apr 10, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
Maybe the alarm clock has finally gone off and the Cavs will stay awake for the balance of the regular season and into the playoffs. With this team, who knows? Definitely not Coach Brown.
GO CAVS !!!
I agree, OMG. While this was an encouraging win, I still found it a bit troubling that Brown seems to still be tinkering with his rotation. I was glad to see Sasha get on the court and play well, but didn't Mr. Potatohead just tell us two days ago that he was relying on a "gut feeling" and had decided on his rotation for good? It is pretty late in the season to have players still guessing as to whether and how much they will play from night to night, let alone knowing the situations they will be in or the guys with whom they will be on the court. Bottom line, we need a head coach. Potatohead must go. I am still holding out hope that the team can make a good playoff run, but if they do, we all know it will be because LeBron takes over, not due to coaching.

GO CAVS!
Spud

Canton, OH

#5 Apr 10, 2008
The offense really got in gear once LBJ sat (lied) down. Suddenly there was ball movement. On several possessions everyone on the team touched the ball. It helped a great deal that Wally had finally found his shot. And Boobie looked comfortable for the first time since his return. When LBJ came in they were up by nine, and the turnaround was already well under way.

Defense was the catalyst, and thanks to Coach Brown's constant harangues about defense, these guys actually know how to get stops...when they play hard. There was a little luck involved, too. The Nets just couldn't get a shot to fall. It was like there was a lid on their basket.

The Cavs are going to have to play that kind of defense, and share-the-ball offense, for 48 minutes in the playoffs. The Wizards are playing very tough right now, and will send the Cavs home for an early off-season if they don't wake up for good.

The fans even woke up. It was like a morgue at the Q last nite until midway thru the 3rd quarter. They can sense when the boys are just phoning it in.
steve

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Apr 10, 2008
Shouldn't true professionals always have a sense of urgency?
RoYourBoat

United States

#7 Apr 10, 2008
Much of the crdeit for the "comeback" should be given to the 2nd unit. They outscored the Nets by a big margin with LeBron out of the game. LeBron came back and helped finish New Jersey off. Much of the 2nd unit remained in the game to help seal the win. Giving the 2nd unit big minutes is a key to going somewhere in the playoffs. Of course , at the end of the game, there should be a mix of 1st and 2nd units on the floor.
RPB

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Apr 10, 2008
I totally agree with Wally's quote at the end of the column. Pushing the ball up the court creates easy offensive opportunities, which the Cavs seldom get by running Mike Brown's halfcourt "offense".

Sasha played very well. So what does this mean? Will he be a part of the rotation from here on out? Will he go back to being banished with Damon Jones? Will Devin Brown now be banished to make room for Sasha? Who freakin' knows! Mike Brown's gut, that's who! Yikes!

Go Cavs!
Steve G

United States

#9 Apr 10, 2008
Great second half by the Cavs. LeBron did a little to get it started on offense before he went to the bench. But the real change came with that second unit playing some great defense, and Gibson pushing the ball. Once they started to turn things around the Nets folded. I don't think better teams (especially Detroit and Boston) will do that.

It was good (and surprising) to see Sasha come in the game. I think that was a combination of Devin Brown being cold, and some of the other players (Wally & Joe) getting in a little early foul trouble.

Like the annoucer was saying, take that tape of the game, and show the players repeatedly the difference between how they played in the first and second halfs.

Also, I think LeBron needs some more rest. He was visibly in pain a couple of times when he came out. Can he continue to play with the bad back and be the same explosive player we have come to see once the playoffs get here.

Hopefully most of the core players are back for next season, and with some more time together we could have a real serious contender for a title.(I can't see them getting past the second round. But then nobody thought they would last year either.)
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#10 Apr 10, 2008
Cavs at Bulls should tell us a lot more about the trajectory of this team going into the playoffs than did Cavs .vs Nets in Cleveland.

Here is Washington locals are stoked, and overly confident, by the prospect of getting their revenge on the Cavs in the first round.
hdawg

United States

#12 Apr 10, 2008
Well, last season they got New Jersey in the 2nd round, this year they'll have the Celtics. I think they'd match up well again with Detroit, I just am afraid they won't get that chance. I still think the Cavs will get by Washington rather easily.
Leboring

United States

#13 Apr 10, 2008
"You ain't going nowhere."
Bob Dylan
Steve G

United States

#14 Apr 10, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
<quoted text>Washington scares me. they beat Boston last night too. They may overtake the Cavs if the Cavs don't shine out.
Washington scares you because they beat Boston. Do you relaize that both Boston and Detroit have been resting their startes for much of the past few games. They have nothing left to play for, and want to get their starters rested and healthy.

Does Philadelphia also scare you because they beat Detroit? Top starters for both Detroit and Boston (epseically Detroit) are playing reduced minutes. So WAS or PHI beating them isn't a good indicator of how good WAS/PHI are.
John Tressel

Mulhouse, France

#15 Apr 10, 2008
This is greeeaaat news!
hdawg

United States

#16 Apr 10, 2008
Yeah, both teams are resting guys, funny though that Tony Dungy keeps getting called out by Browns fans for doing the same thing.... Anyhow, I don't see Washington or Philly being able to beat the Cavs in the playoffs, although both are playing very well. The Sixers could be a force in a few years.
Veezy

Elmhurst, IL

#17 Apr 10, 2008
hdawg wrote:
Yeah, both teams are resting guys, funny though that Tony Dungy keeps getting called out by Browns fans for doing the same thing.... Anyhow, I don't see Washington or Philly being able to beat the Cavs in the playoffs, although both are playing very well. The Sixers could be a force in a few years.
I totally agree. No team currently seeded 5-8 can beat us in a 7-game series. I think it is important that we be sharp going in to the playoffs. We really shouldn't lose another game this season. That's the way to go in strong. And also, the guys around Lebron need to be looking for their own shots like last night because the more people involved in the game the less bricks we see going up. It's like they think Lebron will be upset if they get theirs too. I believe it will make things easier for him when they consistently make shots. Nice game but I need to see it again, and again, and again!!!
alan t

Lewis Center, OH

#18 Apr 10, 2008
"Cavs wake up and win big. After a miserable start, team defense is aroused..."

A very, very curious headline for an NBA basketball game. During halftime, did John Amaechi ride in on Brady Quinn's fabulous shoulders and give them an awesomely inspiring locker room speech, or what?
Steve G

United States

#19 Apr 10, 2008
Veezy wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally agree. No team currently seeded 5-8 can beat us in a 7-game series. I think it is important that we be sharp going in to the playoffs. We really shouldn't lose another game this season. That's the way to go in strong. And also, the guys around Lebron need to be looking for their own shots like last night because the more people involved in the game the less bricks we see going up. It's like they think Lebron will be upset if they get theirs too. I believe it will make things easier for him when they consistently make shots. Nice game but I need to see it again, and again, and again!!!
I wouldn't be too surprised if the Cavs lose in the first round. They have not been sharp, LeBron has a sore back, other players are still not 100%, the rotation is far from settled. I am not saying that they will lose, that I think they will lose, or that I want them to lose. Just that it is possible, they have not been playing well lately. If they end up as the 4 seed, and lose one of their first two in a series at home, watch out, because lately they haven't been able to beat bad teams on the road.
Paul D Brown

Covington, KY

#20 Apr 10, 2008
Joe Tait stated the Nets had a seven point run and led by 11.
I was wondering if the new media really started something beings that Tait added the Cavs have lost 8 of their last 13.
Well we found out.There was nothin' to it.
Even though LeBron didn't practice and his year round escapedes ensured us all it was rest ......we really know that you people are just,excited.
I'm as eager as you but experience always says "Tomorrow Never Knows " !!!!
Good Luck to the Cavaliers.

Sincerely,
Paul D.Brown

P.S. Hopefully you Cavalier Faithful don't get a Dose of what I got ..........
"Your GLORIOUS Cleveland Browns "(Ridicule for teen age affection ,when a high school Browns fan))

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