If it looked pretty flat and smelled pretty flat. Then by golly, the Cavs played flat.
It was as if Rajon Rondo took a galion roller to the Cavs roster. To provide a visual, Rondo played the role of Austin Powers while the Cavs embodied the absent minded security guard in this YouTube clip.
Cleveland fans deserve better.
If the Round 1 Game 3 loss to the Bulls served as an innocent wake-up call to the Cavs, this Round 2 Game 2 loss should serve as a disrespecting slap in the face. I was glad the Cavs lost that third game to the Bulls. I'm terrified that they lost this game 2 to the Celtics.
The Bulls were a young team with little veteran leadership, and the Cavs lost an away game. Minor bump in the road. On the other hand, the Celtics are a team full of veterans with playoff experience and a championship ring to their name that just beat the Cavs in their house. They also head back to Boston knowing that they just out dueled the Cavaliers in 3 out of 4 halves played. And in Cleveland, nonetheless.
Tonight, the Celtics stole both the momentum and the home court advantage for the series. This is a big deal.
The Cavs started slow and finished slower. Sure, they had a decent run at the end. But it was too little too late. The message had already been sent: They took this team too easy, and the Celtics made them pay.
After a sluggish start in the first quarter, the Cavs went on a decent little run to pull within 1 before a Rondo 3 to end the quarter put Boston up 4. Second quarter? Same thing. Slow start, Boston begins the quarter with a 9-0 run followed by a Cleveland run that pulls it back to within 4 going into halftime.
I was already worried at this point. It seemed obvious that the Cavs were taking the Celtics lightly. Sure, we started off slow and they might be winning now. But we can turn it on later and get the victory. No big deal.
I think this overconfidence will prove to be the Cavs Achilles heel. That, and free throw shooting.
They don't seem to play with a sense of urgency unless they have a fire lit under their butts. In Game 1, it was Mo Williams dunk that sparked a Cavalier comeback. In Game 2, it was a "Holy Sh*t, we're down 20 with only 8 minutes left." As we all unfortunately know, that "Holy Sh*t" moment came too late.
With home court advantage now in the favor of the Celtics, hopefully the fire is aflame under the collective Cavaliers butt. The sense of urgency begins now.
Cleveland fans deserve a better performance than they saw in Game 2. We are a proud, championship starved city that sticks with their teams through thick and thin. Regrettably, its usually a lot more thin than thick.
But with this 2009-2010 Cavs, they are the thick. Thickest team we've had in a while. All Cleveland fans want is to see them play with heart for 48 minutes.
We don't deserve an "Ah, we can get 'em later" attitude and halves that are effectively mailed in.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this Cavs team should win a championship.
Now its up to them to hold a blowtorch to their rears, play with some heart, and win one for the City of Cleveland.