2010 NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers Continue Their Jekyll-and-Hyde Ways in Loss

Bob Evans@@TheRealBobEvansCorrespondent IMay 9, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 09:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics heads for the basket as Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 9, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Once again, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked as if they forgot how to beat the Boston Celtics.

After an aggressive, dominating performance in Game Three on Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned to their passive, less defensive-minded selves on Sunday afternoon.

LeBron James looked as if he forgot that he is the hardest man to stop when taking the ball to the hole, and the rest of the Cavaliers team looked liked they had no clue how to stop Rajon Rondo.

If it wasn't for Shaq's solid 17-point performance in 28 minutes, I would not have anything to praise about this game.

He finally returned to his foul-drawing, force-to-be-reckoned-with self, but unfortunately, got into foul trouble and couldn't finish off his dominating performance.

If you look at the box score for the "Big Three" in this game, then you do not understand how the Cleveland Cavaliers lost. 

Once again, they held Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce to just 45 points and had them in foul trouble all night.

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But it was the other Allen, and the new face of the franchise, Rajon Rondo, that had the Cleveland Cavaliers on their heels the entire game.

Rondo dominated the Cavaliers guards, sneaked inside on the position-less bigs for the Cavaliers, and destroyed them for 29 points, 13 assists, and a ridiculous 18 rebounds (14 on the defensive end).

I'm not sure if the Cavaliers realize this, but in Games Two and Four, Rondo was the best player on the court, not LeBron James.

I'm sure another one of Mike Brown's rants are about to come in the post-game press conference, but to save myself the aggravation, I will sum up what he should say here:

"Our team came into today's game thinking that the 29 points we won by on Friday night were enough to help us win both games.  We forgot that once the game ended on Friday, that a new one was to begin on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

"There are a lot of people to blame for today's performance, but this one should go squarely on my shoulders.  Not only do I continue to institute a poor offensive game plan, but I refuse to allow my 7'3" center who averages 7.7 rebounds per game to get off the bench.

"In not allowing Zydrunas Ilgauskas to play, I am personally guaranteeing that my team will continue to be out-rebounded by a smaller, less-athletic Celtics team, and allow 6'1" point guards to out-rebound four of my five starting players.

"On Tuesday night, we will not allow the Celtics to continue the momentum that they stole from us by winning today. 

"We will come out with more aggression, more defensive prowess, and a killer instinct from tipoff at 8 p.m. 

"Because if we don't and the Celtics take Game Five in Cleveland, we can kiss the series (and probably my job) good-bye."

Signed, Mike Brown

One thing that I forgot to mention in my post-game "Mike Brown fictitious" rant was that the Cavaliers are REALLY living and dying by the three in this series.

In their two victories they are 9-24 from three point land, in their two losses, 8-42. 

Hopefully Mike Brown notices this trend on the flight home.

And I hope for the sake of Cavaliers fans and Mike Brown's job, they return to their aggressive nature.

If they allow themselves to be beaten by Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen, they have no chance of winning this series.


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