I used to work at a basketball tournament here in Solon. Boys and girls of all ages played, and I remember after watching one particular girls game – I think they were nine and 10 year olds – thinking that I had seen the absolute worst that the sport had to offer.
Thankfully, the Cavs and Celtics proved me wrong with the most God-awful display of hoops that I have ever seen in my life.
I don’t know if you can take much out of this game for either team just because there were really no positives, except that the Celtics proved to everybody – and perhaps even to themselves – that they could close out a tight game.
Thirty-eight combined turnovers. The Cavs missed 52 of 75 shots. Nobody save for KG seemed too inclined to attack the basket.
If you're not a fan of either team, and you watched this whole game, I don't know whether to applaud you for your diligence or call you a moron for wasting three hours of your life.
For Cavs fans, the silver lining is that LeBron played arguably the worst game in his entire life…and you still only lost by four. You can see that the Celtics have no answer for Zydrunas Ilgauskaus, that Wally Szczerbiak can get open looks, and that you can get to the free throw line.
For Celtics fans, the silver lining is that Paul Pierce was subpar and Ray Allen had a goose egg, and you were still able to pull out a win. KG can score as many as points as he wants in this series, and the Cavs guards struggle to match up with Rondo and Cassell.
Outside of that…I mean, what else is there to say about this game other than it made me want to throw up and inflict serious physical harm to myself?
Yet again the Cavs offense was completely stagnant. Dribble, dribble, dribble, bad pass, turnover, dribble, hang around five feet beyond the arc, dribble, hold the ball, turn it over again – OK, we get it. The rhythm that was there in Games 2 and 6 against the Wizards wasn’t there.
(Yes, I know the Wizards aren’t a great defensive team, but moving and passing the ball is the same basic philosophy no matter who you play.)
And, as we saw in Game 5 against Washington, the Cavs had the chance to wrest control of the game in the third quarter. Eleven unanswered points gave us a 51-45 lead with five minutes left, and we proceeded to score one point the remainder of the quarter.
One final note because writing any more about this game is causing my stomach serious pain, and this is something I’m as guilty of as anyone: Every time one member of the Cavs “supporting cast” has a big game – i.e. Wally in Game 6 – everyone lauds it as a giant breakthrough and thinks, OK, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Wrong. Absolutely, positively, dead wrong. Why can’t one of these guys – Boobie, Wally, Delonte West – put together two good games in a row? Is that asking too much?
Wally set the tone for this game by bricking his first five shots tonight – and four of them were pretty darn good looks – while West is shooting a robust 8-for-29, including 1-for-7 from beyond the arc, since his “breakthrough” performance in Game 4.
You guys are in the NBA. You have an open jump shot. Make it. Please. That’s all I ask. Thanks.Game 2 comes Thursday night. Basketball fans, get your Pepto-Bismol ready.