Sunday's Mother's Day, so I hope the mother's in your lives are Cavs fans, Cleveland...because its also time for Game Four from a recently rowdy but suddenly silenced TD Garden in Beantown. But before we dive into all that, let me first send a Happy Mom's day wish out to one Gloria James - really appreciate you bringing that guy into the world, he's been doing a great job so far.
And as similarly understated, he did a great job last night...
On game three, and attack mode:I really believe that when Kendrick Perkins hit LeBron with that hard foul early on Friday night, the rout was on...
Check out the Dugout Sports Show at 12pm ET today as I will be joining Glenn Moore - co-host of the Wine and Gold Show - on location at Ganley Volkswagen in Bedford to talk Cavaliers. I'll be offering my take on last night's basketball version of the Boston Massacre that was game three, and also some thoughts looking towards game four tomorrow...
The link for the show - which starts at 11am - is here:
Dugout Sports Show: Ganley Volkswagen in Bedford - 11 am to 1 pm
In this recorded version of the "The Wine & Gold Show", Glenn and Brendan touched on the Cleveland Cavaliers blowout loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their Best-of-Seven series.
All hope is not lost in the wake of the Game 2 loss to the Celtics. Let’s remember a few things. First, the Celtics have proved this year to be a great away team, going 26-15 on the road, which was tied with the Cavaliers for 2nd in the NBA one game behind the Dallas Mavericks. Second, the Celtics have been beatable at home with a 24-17 record. Third, the teams each went 1-1 at each others Arena, so each team knows it can win on the road.
So, while all hope is not lost, there are many items that concern me. I will breakdown each item and give stats to back it up. no comments
It’s been a while since we’ve had a peak around the action going on outside Cleveland, so let’s fill in the long wait until game three by doing just that…
We’ll start close to home with the other Eastern Conference Semi Final, Orlando and the Hawks...
Now, if I’m Mike Woodson and after going through a game one like they did, I’m on the drawing board big time. I’m thinking of ways for my team to do three things: no comments
I'm not second guessing the strategy and game plan from Game Two. The players didn't try, and I don't care what plays were called, or what strategy was discussed, nobody executed anything. That was why I defended Mike Brown last night after the game, and I also understand why he wanted to play at the tempo he did last night, and why he rode it out with guys like Shaq, AP, and Mo as long as he did. I understand it because it did work in Game One - Mo did explode in the third, Shaq showed some signs in the fourth, and why change that strategy going into Game Two when what you did just worked itself into a W. I get all that. I also get that the Celtics made some adjustments in Game Two, and I think its now time the Cavaliers offered a wrinkle of their own in response.
And by wrinkle, I'm saying let's use some of that versatility to be as aggressively athletic as possible for a good stretch of this upcoming Game Three. I'm not saying fastbreak basketball all night, and I'm not necessarily calling for a new starting five. But I am saying I'd like to give the following line-up a look that lasts at least 25 minutes long come Friday night...you tell me if I'm crazy:
PG - Delonte West
SG - Jamario Moon
SF - LeBron James
PF - Antawn Jamison
C - J.J. Hickson
Mo can get minutes here also for West or Moon, and Andy especially if he can go health wise. On the outside looking in though, is then Shaq, AP, and Z...and all due respect, that's where those guys belong for the moment.
Will the Cavs have some problems defensively with this group?