It's hard to explain what happened in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Was it justice?
Was it something that needed to happen so that all was right in the city that had their heart ripped out of them some months ago?
Is this the closest the Cavaliers will ever get to feeling like they avenged Lebron's desertion?
I sat on my floor (as if being slightly closer to the television would somehow make a difference), and began blaming the entire debacle on the fact that I had to listen to the Cleveland broadcast of the game, reacting as though the basketball world was about to be turned on its head (and it was).
After the game, I attempted to think it over.
First, the game.
The Celtics made some very poor decisions with the ball and missed some shots that they easily could have made, particularly down the stretch. They at times looked fatigued and saw a team that had a much greater urgency to win the game play their heads off. The Cavaliers knew what a win would mean to the city; Byron Scott has proven to be more than capable of having his team's organized and prepared. The Hornets certainly haven't done much since he left.
While the comments pour in on what it all really means, the Celtics will prepare for the next game knowing that there are 80 games left and that regardless of the loss, they are one of the best teams in the league.
The vast majority of NBA fans will tip their hat to Cleveland, and rightfully so. It's a breath of hope for a city that could use some. In a few weeks the victory won't be talked about unless the Cavs can back it up in the next several games, but for now, Cavs' fans deserve their moment in the sun.
The Cavaliers are clearly more capable than most thought. Their defending almost looked more efficient than it did with LeBron (definitely more than with Shaq). It's a defense based on quickness and cohesion, and it looked very sharp.
The Cavs clearly have potential to take down the seven or eight spot in the conference, but they do not have the scoring ability to compete with the best in the league on a consistent basis. They made some very difficult shots on Wednesday night.
It's easy to get caught up in the early games, and the Celtics exerted a lot of energy both mentally and physically to get the win against the Heat in a game that was much more important for them to make a statement in.
Last year the Celtics proved that the playoffs are an entirely different beast compared to the regular season, Appropriately, there will be nights of injury and rest to come, but hopefully not laziness.
I recently wrote an article on Yahoo! Sports about my issues with the new technical foul rules. The league is clearly intent on enforcing these preposterous "regulations," and these brain-farts need to be removed from the book as soon as possible. The outcry is only going to grow.