The Cleveland Cavaliers Can Dominate You on Any Given Night—But So What?

December 9th, 2009 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
It was during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night that it hit me.

Just like the Grizzlies are now a team that can beat you on any given night, the Cavaliers are a team that can dominate you on any given night.

However, it doesn’t mean they’re the championship team a lot of people, myself included, thought they were. It just means they can steamroll a team as easily as they can lose to them.

Or is it the other way around?

The Cavaliers tease. They party. They dance. They laugh. They have bombastic pregame introductions that incite the huge crowds that pack one of the NBA’s loudest, most raucous arenas. They sell lots of merchandise, that’s for sure.

Their GM tweaks the roster just enough to fire up the faithful. They win 66 games in a season. They propel their bench leader to Coach of the Year, their superstar to MVP. They roll through their first two playoff opponents. They’re the feel-good story of the year, the consensus team to beat.

And then they lose to a team that, on paper, didn’t have the record or the manpower to beat them ...

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