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Cleveland Cavaliers: Thoughts Heading into a Momentous Game Six

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Sam TothContributor IIIMay 13, 2010

Lots on my mind. Need to ramble. Time for some quick thoughts.

Quick Thoughts:

  • I know, I know. Game Five was historically terrible. Maybe even insulting. But I will try not to dwell on it. I’ve already written my two cents. But if you want more on it, I’ll recommend stories by Brian Windhorst and Bill Simmons. Great reads with some great points.
  • Now onto Game Six…
  • We’re down, but not out. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. The more I sit back and watch everything unfold in the media and the sports blog world, the more I cannot help but think we are all overreacting a little bit. Seriously, teams come back from down 3-2 all the time. The Hawks already did it this season.
  • All we need to do is win tonight. If we do that, it’s back even and it all comes down to one game, and it’ll be in our house. I know the Cavs haven’t taken advantage of home court so far this series. But if the game comes back to Cleveland, that means the Cavs had an attitude change tonight. Momentum suddenly swings in our favor.
  • In the world of the internet, sports fans have become so engulfed with media coverage. Things get blown out of proportion all the time. You hear the same story on SportsCenter three different times, read about it on websites, then get exposed to it yet again on Twitter… Suddenly, you start believing its that big of a deal.
  • Because of all the instant and hounding coverage, we live in more of a “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” world than ever before. It only took one horrid loss to turn Cavalier fans’ world upside down. It will only take one win to put it back in perspective. It will only take two wins to get back to everyone’s goal: winning a championship.
  • How can we beat the Celtics? Here’s my unprofessional opinion that means diddly-squat:

    • Play Small. Don’t get me wrong, I have half a mind to name my first born son Zydrunas, but I do not want to see Z anymore in this series. Same with Shaquille O’Neal. The Simmons article I linked at the top talks about this and it mirrors my exact thoughts. The biggest advantage this Cavaliers team has over the Celtics team: youth and athleticism.

      Why not give them heavy doses of J.J. Hickson and Anderson Varejao? If anyone tries to give me the “But JJ Hickson is a liability on defense” schpiel…save it. Last game the Cavs gave up 120 points at home and Hickson played less than 10 minutes. So I don’t care.

      We wiped the floor with the Celtics when we played small ball. It terrifies Simmons. And it should. Play LeBron at the 4, play more Jamario Moon, and play more Delonte West.

      This should be the rotation tonight: Mo, West, Parker, LeBron, Moon, Jamison, Varejao, Hickson. Eight players. That’s it. They’re all athletic. They can run the floor. And they can beat the Celtics.

      Mike Brown needs to grow some cajones and tell Shaq and Z, “Sorry guys. I love you. And I’ll need you for against Orlando. But it just ain’t working this series.”

      But then again, what do I know? Oh, yeah. Not a thing about coaching basketball. Whatever.

  • I knew I said I wouldn’t harp on Game Five anymore, but I kind of lied. I thought of an analogy the other day. So bear with me:
    • Dumb-Analogy-To-Game-Five-That-Might-Only-Make-Sense-To-Me:

      About a year ago, things were going great with my girlfriend. I loved her and she loved me. But there was something looming in the future where I knew it couldn’t work in the long-run and wanted to eventually break up. I became emotionally disengaged. I didn’t return her calls or texts. When we hung out, there was a discontent there. I couldn’t voice it, but you could tell by my body language something just wasn’t right. She ended up getting super pissed at me. We fought. It made the break up easier.

      See it? Replace me with LeBron, and Cavs fans with my girlfriend…It’s Game Five! It’s perfect! I think! He knew something was wrong in the future, and subconsciously this was the (dumb) route he took.

      The good news? 

      I got back with my girlfriend! I realized I was dumb and that I didn't truly appreciate what I already had.

      LeBron will realize that he already has something great and wouldn’t be able to find an equal or better situation anywhere else. This two-day break up with Cavs fans could help him appreciate what he has in Cleveland.

  • Thanks for bearing through that. I still can’t decide if it makes sense or not.

Now let’s get that one victory, let’s get things back into perspective.

Go Cavs.


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