First things first, I’m very sorry to hear about Sean Taylor. It’s horrible news. He was far from a saint but no one deserves to die at the age of 24. I hope there isn’t more to the story about the break-in’s to his home. I hope the robbers/killers weren’t after him because Taylor screwed them over in a deal or something. I hope it’s just a case of thugs wanting to steal from a rich guy. I hope they are caught. The biggest loss in the story is Taylor’s one-year old daughter now doesn’t have a daddy.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the Cavs. An absolutely huge game tonight with Boston. Cleveland has beat the Celtics four times in a row at The Q. For some reason I think tonight might be a little bit more of a challenge than games in the past. The C’s have a slightly better team than the last two years.
I think it’s great Garnett and Allen are getting their chance to play on a good team with an NBA title as a possibility. A couple things though why this is bothering me besides the fact that I hate Boston fans and they still complain and stuff when they have the best sports city ever put on this earth.
A) I can’t stand the footage of The Big Three sitting on the bench doing that stupid little hand dance thing. What the hell is that and why does ESPN have to show it every time they talk about the Celtics.
B) How come Paul Pierce gets a free pass here? Everyone criticized Randy Moss for not trying with the Raiders and now playing hard with the Patriots. Well, isn’t Pierce doing the same thing. He was on a bad Celtic team for the last two years. Complained and cried and sat out games with minor “injuries.” Not only that but when he had a decent team around him, he ran Antoine Walker out of town (which I guess has been a good thing now but it wasn’t at the time), destroyed the team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and didn’t stop complaining until they signed The Big Ticket. What a punk. I don’t know why this has never been brought up in any talk about Boston.
C) I hate Boston fans as much as I hate OSU fans and that guy who commented on my Lloyd Carr post (go look at how dumb he sounds in the comment section of “Carr is gone, so are great halftime interviews.”
Whatever the case, Boston is really, really good. Tonight’s game will be a chance to see just how good the Cavs are, and will be. The Cavs have traded a very solid, one of the best defenses in the league last year, into a our defense is our offense and we’ll try to Phoenix Sun you out of the gym by outscoring you. I don’t know what made the Cavs think they can play like this. It’s fun to watch but also frustrating because the offense isn’t that good to outscore other teams. If they can find just a little bit of that defensive intensity from last year, then things will really start looking good.
All that doesn’t matter right now though since LBJ is playing like, well, the only word for what he is doing this year is unbelievable. I mean two straight triple-doubles is sick. Averaging 31.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.1 assist is something people just don’t do in this league. And LeBron is doing it every night and then some.
LeBron will be fired up tonight. Obviously he has been all year but this is a prime game for him. Playing against the best team in the league and against a guy, Pierce who he hates (might not hate but loves playing against him since that spitting incident). LeBron goes for over 40 tonight. His guys around him are finally starting to support him just enough (Gibson shooting 53% from three point range is amazing, D-Good and Z averaging double-doubles). The Cavs may just be finding their rhythm. Win number four in a row in a classic LeBron game tonight.
Have to say something about Anderson Varejao. Grow up! I don’t know what makes you think some team is going to pay you $10 million a year. If you think you are worth that much, and think some other team will pay that to you, you should have signed the one-year exemption deal this summer and then been a free agent next year. The Cavs offered you close to $6 million a year and you should have been so happy to take that deal that pick up a few of the homeless little boys in Brazil and bring them to America with you. If you want to play in Europe, just go do it. You don’t want to play in Cleveland, you’re an idiot. You’re wasting everyone’s time. Either sign, or go play in Europe and go through this again next year. You’ve done nothing but piss off the people that supported you and cheered for you the last two years. Well done.