2010 NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers Will Not Beat the Celtics in a Half-Court Series

May 4th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
Like it or not, sometimes all you have to do is listen to Charles Barkley to understand what’s right, or what’s wrong, with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

At halftime of Monday night’s TNT telecast of Game Two of the Cavs playoff series with Boston, Barkley expressed his frustration with Cleveland’s slow tempo in the first half.

Then he said something that should resonate up and down the Cavaliers’ bench, starting—or maybe ending—with Mike Brown.

The Cavaliers, said Barkley, have better players now, but they’re playing the same way they did three years ago.


He was right, though, and if the first half was Exhibit A, then the second was Exhibit B.

The Celtics embarrassed the Cavs in the third quarter and held off a late Cleveland rally to earn a convincing 104-86 win and gain home court advantage in the series.

Look, the Celtics can only play one way: slow. They can come at you in spurts, but they’re a slow down, look inside, and shoot outside team.

They live by it and they die by it, and Monday night they were very alive, indeed.< ...

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