Originally posted by Rich Levine I think we've reached a point where it's OK to root for the Cavs.
Not that you'd ever take their side in a fight against the Celtics, but now that they've reached these depressing depths, and after all they and their fans have been through, it's probably OK to wish them well without threatening your allegiance to the C's. For the next few months, in a weird way, we'll all be rooting for the Cavs. They're America's sad little team.
And last night, that sad little team knocked off a giant. They beat the Lakers, and for that we'll be forever grateful.
The Lakers are officially last year's Celtics. A team that doesn't care about the regular season and is due for a handful of embarrassing losses. So for now we'll laugh. But all while knowing that, just like last year's Celtics, the playoffs will be a very different story.
For now, though . . . Thanks, Cavs!
"All RAW is these days is a cheap version of Saturday Night Live, so if you wanna tune in to watch the amazing star power of Al Sharpton and Nancy O'Dell, go ahead! Who's gonna host next week, Big Bird? Wow, that's must-see TV!" - John Morrison (10/16/09 Smackdown!)
That's how the playoff works. The similar situation last year with the Nets and Pistons. Detroit was the 3rd seed but 5-7 games better - but the rule is "win the division, get a top seed" so the Nets get #2.