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Shaq's Play Against Wizards Makes Coach Brown Smile

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 27:  Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to the season opener against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 27, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Justice HillCorrespondent INovember 4, 2009

Coach Mike Brown didn’t want to show too much emotion on the bench. Coaches in the NBA know not to do that when their teams are running roughshod over an opponent. No, they must sit there and bask in the moment. They can’t be sure how long moments like these will last.

With the Cavaliers, Brown is expecting to see plenty more moments like this one, a 102-90 winTuesday night over the Wizards. His Cavs played the way Brown had been wanting them to play this season: They hustled on defense; they moved the ball crisply on offense; and they got Shaquille O’Neal involved in all of it.

Brown’s smile? Ear to ear.

“It’s great,” he said. “It’s like Christmas.”

Don’t go unwrapping those presents just yet, coach. Christmas won’t come for your Cavaliers until June -- if they can last that long. For if they make it deep into June, they’ll be in the NBA Finals, which is the reason they brought Shaquille O'Neal to Cleveland in the first place.

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