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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.13
I still wouldn't be shocked if the Cavs win this series with two of the games being home games. I am surprised that Ilgaskas and Varejao have totally become non factors. I understand that Howard is going to be able to score on Z, but where is the rebounding ... at least block out.

When you only have 1 guy on the whole team not playing or coaching poorly, you are damn lucky if you haven't been swept.
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Bill Simmons had a column a while back saying that the greatest motivating factor in modern sports is the 'nobody believed in us!' card. I think we're seeing this in the Magic/Cavs series right now. Going into this series, people would've been surprised to see Orlando win a game --- literally nobody thought they'd have Cleveland on the ropes like this.


Not only that, but just go back to a month or so ago. A lot of people actually had the Magic getting knocked off by the SIXERS. I think that's a prime candidate for the "Nobody Believed In Us" card.




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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
    Originally posted by It's False
      Originally posted by Big Bad
      Bill Simmons had a column a while back saying that the greatest motivating factor in modern sports is the 'nobody believed in us!' card. I think we're seeing this in the Magic/Cavs series right now. Going into this series, people would've been surprised to see Orlando win a game --- literally nobody thought they'd have Cleveland on the ropes like this.


    Not only that, but just go back to a month or so ago. A lot of people actually had the Magic getting knocked off by the SIXERS. I think that's a prime candidate for the "Nobody Believed In Us" card.
Are you referring to before the playoffs? 'Cause it sure didn't seem like anyone picked them to do so (that I saw anyway) until they were actually down 2-1 to Philly.

Also, wouldn't your theory kind of support the Cavs in their current predicament?




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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.06
    Originally posted by whatever
      Originally posted by It's False
        Originally posted by Big Bad
        Bill Simmons had a column a while back saying that the greatest motivating factor in modern sports is the 'nobody believed in us!' card. I think we're seeing this in the Magic/Cavs series right now. Going into this series, people would've been surprised to see Orlando win a game --- literally nobody thought they'd have Cleveland on the ropes like this.


      Not only that, but just go back to a month or so ago. A lot of people actually had the Magic getting knocked off by the SIXERS. I think that's a prime candidate for the "Nobody Believed In Us" card.
    Are you referring to before the playoffs? 'Cause it sure didn't seem like anyone picked them to do so (that I saw anyway) until they were actually down 2-1 to Philly.

I saw quite a few people picking Philly before the series even started. And when they went up 1-0 I felt like everyone else in the world jumped aboard too.

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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
The Lakers saved their best for last and now await the eventual winner of the Cavs/ Magic playoff series.

It will be interesting the matchup;
1)Orlando was 2-0 against the Lakers while Cleveland was 0-2.
2)Orlando was one of only 2 teams not to lose to the Lakers in the regular season (Bobcats were the other team).
3)Bynum would prefer to face Orlando because LA would have homecourt advantage but as mentioned, Cleveland was 0-2 in the regular season against LA.

It should be interesting to see if the anticipated Kobe v. LeBron will happen. The Cavs have to win game 6 to force a decisive game 7 and become the 9th team in NBA history to win a series down 3-1.

If Orlando wins, then they need to incorporate more team-organized ball playing because I have a feeling the Lakers will watch and defend the 3-ball that allowed Orlando to win both games. Orlando is very good from beyond the arc, but could Orlando keep up the 3-ball in a playoff series against a motivated Lakers team?
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.52
Wow, I figured the Magic would close it out and not risk going to game 7 in Cleveland. But I didn't figure they would make it look this easy.

Note to Knicks fans: only one year before Lebron's yours.





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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
    Originally posted by supersalvadoran

    Note to Knicks fans: only one year before Lebron's yours.
Oooooooooooookay. 'Cause they've got SO MUCH MORE than anyone else has to offer.

I'm not gonna say it will or won't happen, but it bothers me to see so much 'foregone conclusion' stuff about Lebron leaving, at least to New York anyway.




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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.52
    Originally posted by whatever
      Originally posted by supersalvadoran

      Note to Knicks fans: only one year before Lebron's yours.
    Oooooooooooookay. 'Cause they've got SO MUCH MORE than anyone else has to offer.

    I'm not gonna say it will or won't happen, but it bothers me to see so much 'foregone conclusion' stuff about Lebron leaving, at least to New York anyway.


Don't get me wrong. I would prefer if LeBron stayed in Cleveland. He has a better chance to win a championship, IMO, and I think he will be far more valued in Cleveland & the mid-west than he would in NY. In NY, he would be just another superstar, a guy that everyone would call a savior like A-Rod but if he doesn't win it all or does something stupid that makes the headlines, he will never hear the end of it. But in Cleveland, he will always be the hometown boy done right and if he wins a title, he could become a legend like MJ.

It's just that with all the talk of him loving NY (I still don't get where his Yankee love comes from) and all the celebs, ads, contracts, etc. attracting him (or his agents), while it isn't a foregone conclusion, it is a very strong possiblity if the Cavs don't win next year or at least pull something big for the team's future.





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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.81
Considering this location has shown that it can market an NBA player and they have a point guard, wouldn't the Bulls seem like a possibility now for Lebron to look at, should they have the cap space after next season?
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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
I think this ending for the Cavs will just ensure they re-double their efforts to win next year before LeBron's contract expires. They'll be very active this offseason, especially since they still have Wally Szerbiak's contract to unload.

Calling it now: Shaq dons a Cavs uniform next season.




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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
    Originally posted by supersalvadoran
      Originally posted by whatever
        Originally posted by supersalvadoran

        Note to Knicks fans: only one year before Lebron's yours.
      Oooooooooooookay. 'Cause they've got SO MUCH MORE than anyone else has to offer.

      I'm not gonna say it will or won't happen, but it bothers me to see so much 'foregone conclusion' stuff about Lebron leaving, at least to New York anyway.


    Don't get me wrong. I would prefer if LeBron stayed in Cleveland. He has a better chance to win a championship, IMO, and I think he will be far more valued in Cleveland & the mid-west than he would in NY. In NY, he would be just another superstar, a guy that everyone would call a savior like A-Rod but if he doesn't win it all or does something stupid that makes the headlines, he will never hear the end of it. But in Cleveland, he will always be the hometown boy done right and if he wins a title, he could become a legend like MJ.

    It's just that with all the talk of him loving NY (I still don't get where his Yankee love comes from) and all the celebs, ads, contracts, etc. attracting him (or his agents), while it isn't a foregone conclusion, it is a very strong possiblity if the Cavs don't win next year or at least pull something big for the team's future.
His frontrunning Yankee love definitely ruffled feathers here, especially in 2007. Funny how all that was glossed over (locally anyway) this season.

It's False: Good Lord I hope not. We already have an older, plodding center. Funny enough though - there is already some clamoring to push for Carlos Boozer to come back. I never thought I'd see the day. Regardless, they clearly have some rebuilding to do on the frontcourt and I'll be interested to see if or how they pull it off.




"As you may have read in Robert Parker's Wine Newsletter, 'Donaghy Estates tastes like the urine of Satan, after a hefty portion of asparagus.'" Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock

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