2010 NBA Playoffs: An In-Depth Cleveland Cavs/Boston Celtics Breakdown

April 29th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
In a playoff preview a few weeks ago, it was noted that, if the Cavs were to win their first ever NBA title and exorcise a 46-year championship drought on the city of the Cleveland, they'd have a chance to vanquish the past demons that have haunted the organization and its intensely loyal fans. The first step is done. The Cavs beat the Bulls 4-1 in their best-of-seven series, the first time that Cleveland has ever beaten Chicago in the playoffs. The Bulls knocked the Cavs out five times in seven years in the late '80s/early '90s. Now comes the second obstacle: the Boston Celtics. Personally, as a subjective and biased fan, I hate the Celtics. It's more jealousy than anything else—their 17 championships (the most of any franchise) represent everything I've ever wanted. They might as well be the Yankees of basketball. But there's no love lost between the players either. Maybe it all started back in 2004, when Paul Pierce spit at the Cavaliers bench during a preseason game in Columbus, Ohio. Granted, only two players remain from each side (Pierce and Kendrick Perkins for Boston, LeBron and Zydrunas Ilgauskas for Cleveland). But the seeds of contempt...and rivalry...were pla ...

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