Cavaliers-Celtics: Aha Moment Leads to Ha-Ha Half and a New Cavs Strategy

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
Sometimes this is how it happens.

For the fourth time in five games since the All-Star break (and the acquisition of Antawn Jamison), the Cleveland Cavaliers struggled to find a rhythm as they took on the Celtics in Boston on Thursday night.

The offense looked disjointed. The defense, a trademark of the team during its ascension to elite status in recent years, was little more than a myth.

The Celtics, despite the absence of Paul Pierce, led by 10 points after one quarter and 13 halfway through the second. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen looked like they’d discovered the fountain of youth. Rajon Rondo looked like Michael Jordan.

The Cavaliers looked like they weren’t sure how the words “basket” and “ball” went together.

Then it happened. Glen Davis blocked a shot by Cleveland’s Shaquille O’Neal. Delonte West retrieved the ball and passed to Anderson Varejao for a slam dunk.

Next time down the floor, O’Neal called timeout. His right thumb had been injured by the Davis block, and he headed for the locker room—as it turned out, not to return.


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