NBA Playoffs: The Cavaliers Needn’t Panic, But They Do Need to Adjust

April 23rd, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
Thursday night in Chicago, the Bulls raced to an early 21-point lead and held on late to edge Cleveland, 108-106. It cut the Cavaliers’ advantage to two games to one in their first round playoff series.

I want to panic or something, but I just can’t.

This is what the Cavaliers do. They tease you with greatness—dominance, even—in most games, and then sleepwalk through entire quarters and cost themselves potential victories in others.

By the time they got themselves in gear Thursday, it was too little, too late.

How they couldn’t have known that the Bulls, playing at home and nursing their wounded pride, would come out with fire in their bellies is beyond me.

They sure didn’t look like they had a clue, however, and it cost them.

LeBron James always gets his points—all of his stats, for that matter—but it’s puzzling why the offense so often starts with him controlling the ball.

Teams look for him. They double-team. They triple-team. They figure that stopping him is half the battle (probably more) to winning the war.

Why, then, don&r ...

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