Cavaliers-Lakers: Christmas in Cleveland? What We Can Learn

December 26th, 2009 by Alex Lubetkin Leave a reply »
Man. That escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.

With about five minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, Lakers fans had seen enough. Their team was being bullied in every sense of the word, looking nothing like a defending NBA champion. The always-classy fans of L.A., armed with nothing more than promotional foam fingers and a sense of pride, expressed their anger by tossing the gifts onto the court in a display that will leave the Lakers public relations representatives busy for days.

And on Christmas day .

This embarrassment came at the hands of the calmer, stronger and—hell, I'll use a cliche here—hungrier Cleveland Cavaliers. While the game will certainly catapult the Cavs back into elite status, how much should we truly take away from this victory?

Defensively, a lot can be taken. The Lakers posses one of the most talented frontcourt tandems in Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol; the two are averaging a combined 33 points and 20 rebounds a game.

Saturday night? The duo combined for 15 points and 12 rebounds. Simply put, the Cavaliers trio of Shaquille O'Neal, Zydrunas Ilgauskus, and Anderson Var ...

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