Breaks fall Cavs' way

Breaks fall Cavs' way

There are 34 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 19, 2007, titled Breaks fall Cavs' way. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

First, the Cavaliers took care of their business Wednesday, hammering the Milwaukee Bucks 109-96 to cinch a 50-win season.

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Matt

Gainesville, FL

#1 Apr 19, 2007
Wow...a Cleveland playoff team making the playoffs twice in a row..this is odd but great!
Josh

New Philadelphia, OH

#2 Apr 19, 2007
Not only that, but to catch a break like they did? Jason Kidd doesnt make a field goal and the Nets still beat Chicago? That's a "Wow" in my book.

The Cavs need to make a run at Mikki Moore. that guy can BALL.
David

Pocatello, ID

#3 Apr 19, 2007
So, where are all the naysayers this morning? Nobody picking on Hughes, Coach Brown, Snow, or anyone else, eh? Fact is...we are a very good team...why not at least try to enjoy it, gang.

And by the way...something I've had on my mind for a long time: I'm so tired of hearing that the Cavs are Lebron and a supporting cast. They are a team, period. It's an insult to the players, including James, to see them as one player plus a bunch of "others." As we look back on the season as it progressed, we can see that each and every player contributed in his own way. I actually think this is the doing of LeBron. Sure, we wondered at times why he wasn't doing this or that. But, "carrying a team" isn't the same as BEING the team. The Cavs have quality players and Lebron gave them repeated chances to contribute...and they DID. So, I'm very proud of this team...team, team, team (repeat it 10 times)...and they deserve our respect, not the nitpicking that goes on constantly, at least by some of the posters on this board.

And by the way, Eric Snow is a quality individual and a very good defender. I really think Mike Brown knows his players a lot better than any of us do. Some day, when Eric is a successful NBA coach, some of you will find out why he's been given more minutes as this season wound down. He seems to have a knack for settling things on the court and that's not to mention a very key shot or rebound every now and then (ever notice THAT, ye ole naysayers?)

Well, anyway, it's a good morning out here in Idaho...I'm enjoying it and I hope and wish that you are too. The Wiz will be dangerous, yes...but if I were a betting man (I'm not), my money would be on a sweep or a closeout in 5. But hey, that's why they play the game, eh? But I'm sure glad Arenas is out of the picture...who wouldn't be?

Be proud, be excited, be a supporter...and while I'm at it...ponder where the Indians offense has gone.

Regards to all,

David
RPB

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Apr 19, 2007
Now I'm confused! Lebron said all along that seeding didn't matter as long as you make the playoffs. But last night he's cheering for Bostjan to hit 3's to help the Nets win, and get the Cavs the 2 seed? If seeding doesn't matter, then why was he cheering for the Nets?

I guess seeding does matter! Look at the Cavs side of the bracket now. If they don't make it to the Conference Finals, I'd be very surprised. As a 5 seed, I wouldn't have picked them to get out of the 1st round! To back up my point from yesterday... The ESPN experts all pick the Cavs to beat the Wizards in 4 or 5 games, while they have the Bulls/Heat series going 6 or 7. Those teams will beat eachother up, then have to play the Pistons before getting to the Cavs (hopefully). This will give the Cavs an advantage in the Conference Finals, no doubt! It turned out to be a successful regular season after all!! Good job guys.

Josh, you care to pipe in today?
tdogg

Montgomery, AL

#5 Apr 19, 2007
Things went our way, enjoy it folks it's not like it happens very often. The team looked they were having fun and playing well, just what we need before hitting the playoffs. All we need to do is focus and not give the Wizards a chance to breathe, they'll be out in 4. I agree with ya Josh, Mikki Moore looks like a nice fit for the Cavs, what are the odds we can afford him though?
WhereAreTheLebro nHaters

Hilliard, OH

#6 Apr 19, 2007
Eric Snow sucks. So does Idaho. Go Cavs. I have survived through the Randy Wittman, John Lucas, Paul Silas, and booorrringgg Fratello years. The Ricky Davis, Lamond Murray, Patopenko, Wesley Person, Cedric Henderson, Trajon Langdon, and that terrible guy from USC years. And I'm a bigger Browns fan, so I'm tired of the suffering. Finally, I have hope. Just don't lose to the Wiz(see what being a Cleveland fan for life does to your hopes).
RPB

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Apr 19, 2007
WATLB, Man you go way back, Langdon, Person, that guy from USC? I'm sorry for your suffering. Ever heard of John Bagley?
ATB

United States

#8 Apr 19, 2007
WhereAreTheLebronHaters wrote:
Eric Snow sucks. So does Idaho. Go Cavs. I have survived through the Randy Wittman, John Lucas, Paul Silas, and booorrringgg Fratello years. The Ricky Davis, Lamond Murray, Patopenko, Wesley Person, Cedric Henderson, Trajon Langdon, and that terrible guy from USC years. And I'm a bigger Browns fan, so I'm tired of the suffering. Finally, I have hope. Just don't lose to the Wiz(see what being a Cleveland fan for life does to your hopes).
By "that guy from USC," do you mean Jeff Trepagnier? What about John Morton or Randolph Keys? Ever heard of Tim McCormick? Spare us. We have all suffered, some longer than others.

At least you got one thing right -- Eric Snow DOES SUCK. Yes, David, contrary to your thesis, someone CAN be a quality individual AND suck as a player. No one is attacking Eric's character or his desire. Indeed, he puts forth more defensive "effort" than almost anyone on the team, and he will be a great coach some day. But he may be the only player in the league who can airball a layup, and I challenge you to name a single player he has shut down this year or to name the top five defensive plays he has made this year. The idea that he is a great defensive player is a myth -- he is a guy who WORKS HARD on defense, but there is no offensive player in the league who does not have some advantage over him. He cannot guard point guards and despite his strength in the post, usually just winds up fouling the taller players he guards down there anyway. Plus, given his offensive inability, he would HAVE to shut someone down just to justify putting him on the floor. If you want to see a great defensive player, watch Ira Newble. Snow should be coaching already.
ATB

United States

#9 Apr 19, 2007
BTW, David, please do not misinterpret my accurate description of E-Snow's ineptitude for a total disparagement of your remarks. Your call for optimisim is appropriate. I AM proud and excited, and concerned about the Tribe -- and having lived in the West for ten years, I know that Idaho is a terrific state.

But Eric Snow sucks.
Da Truth

Redwood City, CA

#10 Apr 19, 2007
Oh...no, I don't know about this playoff scenario!!!. I think getting to the 2nd seed may not be as good as well are hearing! The Cav's will overlook the Wizards and get bounced in the first round. This could lead to a lot of franchise instability and some panic moves...such as a premature trading of LeBron and a "rebuild" process. This could be the beginning of the end of the Cav's. This is Cleveland and we have these types of things happen all the time.
Shallow Hal

United States

#11 Apr 19, 2007
It's quite an achievement to make the playoffs in the NBA !!!
LayZ-rapper

United States

#12 Apr 19, 2007
King will be offering new stat bibles in finest Corinthian leather for $12.98 ea.
Fair and Objective

Lubbock, TX

#13 Apr 19, 2007
It's always amusing to hear people who are sitting on their *sses in front of their computer, talking about professional athletes who "suck". I hate to be an apologist for Eric Snow - I think he's probably ready for the coaching ranks- but c'mon, the guy doesn't "suck". If you play in the NBA for as long as he has, he's still a very good basketball player. The reason he looks so bad is because Mike Brown has stubbornly overplayed him. He is a good role player coming off of the bench for 15 minutes(tops) a night...not a starter. Daniel Gibson should have gotten way more minutes this year. He would be a better player now. Look at how long it took Brown to let Sasha play. Everybody's learning on this team...except Larry Hughes...he's underachieving bigtime.
Go Cavs!
David

Pocatello, ID

#14 Apr 19, 2007
Although I don't agree with everything you said about Eric...IF you're substantially correct, then why does Brown insert him at crucial times? Or does this question open up the "Brown-bashing" segment now? Is it Brown's misjudgment or, as many coaches on all levels do, does he feel more comfortable with Eric than some others?

I do agree with your comment about Ira, though. I think with consistent playing time he would show just how good he is.

Finally, I've been a Cleveland sports fan for many, many years and I've suffered as all of us have. You're right...let it go...I'd prefer to remember the likes of Price, Brad, Nance, Hot Rod, etc...and yes, even Ehlo. Carboneau (sp?) comes to mind too.

Thanks for your reasoned arguments, ATB. And to you, Where are the Lebron Haters, leave Idaho out of it. It's not my state of choice, but I'm here and it has nothing to do with the discussion at hand.

David
David

Pocatello, ID

#15 Apr 19, 2007
Dear Da Truth,

I mean nothing personal about this...okay? It's just that only a Cleveland sports fan could make a negative out of current events with the Cavs...come on, they're a winning team and have been now for 3 years. Can't you see the glass is half-full and not half empty? Sure, anything can happen with the Wiz, but since most of life is a risk, why not risk on the optimistic side?

I know, I know...I'm too preachy...occupational hazard of being a college teacher :)) That CA sun must be getting to you...and remember the words of Harry Chapin (song: Greyhound)..."it's got to be the going, not the getting there, that's good." I'm in it for the ride.

David
Josh

New Philadelphia, OH

#16 Apr 19, 2007
Eric Snow is a flawed offensive player, but to deny that he contributes is absolutely ridiculous. I'll never forget that turd from Charlotte, Gerald Wallace, having 5 inches and 20 lbs on Snow, posting him up and acting like he was gonna score 10 in a row...only to have Snow snuff him out on 3 straight possessions. By the way, when he's not shooting jumpers, Eric Snow can take the ball to the basket and be mildly effective. He does bring intangibles, and does the dirty work that no one else is willing to do. Just dont play him at crunch time, due to his offensive liabilities, and you're fine.

I already said this on another post, but I dont mind repeating myself. Is it nice to end up in the creampuff half of the bracket? Absolutely, and I wont sit here and act like it doesnt help. I'm overjoyed! My point was simply this: Home court is tremendously overrated because in basketball, the only things that change are the colors of the wood and the rooting interests in the crowd. Unlike baseball or football, the climate plays no role, the fences arent different heights or distances away, and in general, the variables are minimal. The NBA playoffs are completely unpredictable, and whoever is playing at the higher level will win, regardless of where.

For the record, I think we take Miami in a tight series anyway (no payton, nicked up: wade, posey, j-will, fat and old: shaq). They'll be lucky to get past Chicago. Don't listen to ESPN and the media, all of whom apparently own stock in the Miami Heat franchise.

Cavs coast to an East Finals showdown with Detroit...redemption!!!
Brittle Fingers

Northbrook, IL

#17 Apr 19, 2007
Da Truth wrote:
Oh...no, I don't know about this playoff scenario!!!. I think getting to the 2nd seed may not be as good as well are hearing! The Cav's will overlook the Wizards and get bounced in the first round. This could lead to a lot of franchise instability and some panic moves...such as a premature trading of LeBron and a "rebuild" process. This could be the beginning of the end of the Cav's. This is Cleveland and we have these types of things happen all the time.
Everyone: Allow me to be the one to say that this "posting" shouldn't even be dignified with a response.
Josh

New Philadelphia, OH

#18 Apr 19, 2007
RPB, am I on your radar? mustve been the pittsburgh thing. I'm sorry, when I see the "P" word I get into UFC mode. I'm also sorry you have to be near the place.

David, I'm with you, and we're definitely fighting the same battle. I've been trying to tell people on these posts that the reason Cleveland always loses and chokes is because the people in the stands, the media, and on these message boards are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. Cleveland fans depress me, and it HAS to rub off on the players we cheer (kind of) for. The criticism, the second-guessing, the overall negativity is just sickening.
GILBERT ARENAS

Hobbs, NM

#19 Apr 19, 2007
THE WASHINGTON BULLETS WILL WIN THIS SERIES.
WhereAreTheLebro nHaters

Hilliard, OH

#20 Apr 19, 2007
RPB wrote:
WATLB, Man you go way back, Langdon, Person, that guy from USC? I'm sorry for your suffering. Ever heard of John Bagley?
For you and atb:

I'm referring to recent years, after Price, Daurghtey, Harper, Nance, Hot Rod and those guys left. So please don't try to hate on every comment I make.

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