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Monday, May 05, 2008

Will the Real Cavs and Celtics Please Stand Up?

The Boston Celtics won an NBA-best 66 regular season games and then almost lost in the first round to a 37 win Atlanta team. The Cleveland Cavaliers made it to the 2007 NBA Finals and then traded away half of their roster, with mixed results thus far. Do we really know who either of these teams are? In about two weeks, one of these teams will be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals and the other one will be trying to figure out what went wrong:

Will The Real Cavs and Celtics Please Stand Up?

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posted by David Friedman @ 11:13 PM

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At Tuesday, May 06, 2008 4:05:00 AM, Anonymous Sean said...

Nice analysis David. As Cavs fan, I was pleased to see you didn't completely dismiss this team like the rest of the media seems to be doing.

In a lot of ways, Cleveland is built for the playoffs and they have the luxury of having a clutch player who usually rises to the occasion in crunch time.

Celtics will be very tough, but if Cleveland wins one of the first two, I like them to get it done. Of course, much of this depends on the ability of the rest of the Cavs (read: Wally, Boobie, and West) to knock down some shots consistently.

I really have no idea if that will happen, but if so, watch out.

 
At Tuesday, May 06, 2008 6:15:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Sean:

Last year I picked the Cavs to make it to the Finals because I believed that their formula of defense, rebounding and the brilliance of LeBron James would enable them to get past the Pistons, who they almost beat in 2006.

The people who are down on the Cavs either don't understand the importance of defense and rebounding or they underestimate how good LeBron James is; why else would anyone have picked the Wizards to beat the Cavs?

 

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