The (Early) Morning After The Night Before, LVXIX
Up and at ‘em early here Cleveland, gotta beat this blizzard home. Nothing better than a First-Day-Of-Spring-Snowstorm, is there.
Made for a delightful evening in these parts.
They went a bit berserk here last night when LeBron went past Brad Daugherty to become Cleveland’s all-time leading scoring. Since it was inevitable he’d get there from the day he put the uniform on for the first time, might be a bit of over-kill.
But, let ‘em have their fun, right?
Here we go:
Three Things I Learned
A matchup not made in heaven
I’ll tell you this: Ben Wallace cannot guard Chris Bosh. But Anderson Varejao. I know Wallace left last night in the third quarter with back spasms, but they might have been brought on by Bosh twisting and turning him every which way. But all that meant was more Crazy Haired Andy, who’s spindly and long and athletic and who gets right up into Bosh.
M. Grange ™ pointed it out to Bosh after the game and he said this:
"He’s a slick dude but I’m starting to figure him out. I’d love to see him again. He’s a good player, he’s a good defensive player and rebounder and you really have to think two steps ahead when you’re playing him because if you think you’re just going to put your head down and go, he can beat to that spot and the referees know he’s trying to take charges.”
What a thespian
Damon Jones might have had the all-time greatest dive in NBA history when T.J. bumped into him in the third quarter. The collision was hardly earth-moving (what’s T.J. weigh, about a buck and a quarter?) but Jones spun and collapsed like he’d been pole-axed and on the replay they showed on the scoreboard, while he’s falling he looks right at the officials with these big puppy dog eyes.
And if I know Jones, he was yapping the whole time.
Dropping down the ladder
So, it sixth so horrible? No, not really. Orlando’s probably a better matchup than Cleveland but, I tell you, the Cavs were not that impressive last night. Soon as they made that huge trade, I was saying they weren’t any better, they were just different, and I’m sticking by that assessment now. I know LeBron’s LeBron but no way in the world Cleveland beats Boston in a playoff series.
On to other matters: Toronto’s Tyler points this out:
Hey, I just noticed something. Turns out Mark Blount, of the Heat who scored 54 (against Toronto), also started with the Denver Nuggets who scored 53 (in the NBA’s second-worst offensive night ever).
Put the guy on suicide watch. Yikes!.
Here’s a couple quickly from the mailbag
Q: I have never seen this many posts to your blog. I'm opening a pizza stand outside the ACC. Want to invest?
Kevin M, Maple
A: Nah, they’d just boo us.
Q: Hi Doug, I've never seen Alex English play, but I was looking at his career stats and they are amazing.
Can you give me your general thoughts on some of the following? Is he a head coach candidate? Does he want to be a head coach? What's his relationship like with Sam Mitchell and is he a possible successor?
Robert S, Toronto
A: Alex was one of the greatest offensive players of all time, there’s a reason he’s in the Hall of Fame. Now, I haven’t spoken to him about it in a while but he’s said in the past he’d like to be a head coach, he was one in the D League and got his team to the championship in his only year. His relationship with Sam is fine, mutual respect and friendship. Possible successor? Who knows, let’s see what happens in four years when Sam’s gone. If he is.
Bet it’s crowded when we get on I-90 in a few minutes. Tons of travelling Toronto fans, including 40 from the Mississauga Monarchs basketball association who were down here, I’m told, to kick some Ohio butt.
And given that one of the coaches used to carve up all of the Niagara Peninsula as a high-scoring guard, I’d expect nothing more.
And to the fella who said hi during a quick break for some halftime fresh air, that was some Bargnani performance, wasn’t it?
Speaking of Bargs, do you think Sam cancelled the orders for more masks?
Here’s how the Cleveland Plain Dealer played its LeBron Love In; and here’s what they said in Denver today about the Noogies, who beat Voldemort and other Nets last night to keep their scant playoff hopes alive.
In a shocking, truly stunning development, you’re killing Sam for leaving T.J. in the game until the final 4 1-2 minutes. Oh, and killing T.J., too, and you know what, it’s really getting tiring.
The only other stoppage when he could have got Ford out was with 6:36 to go and Toronto down three. Of course, he left him in and all Ford did was drill a three and then another bucket to pull Toronto into a tie each time.
So, Ford played two minutes at the end of the third and 7 1-2 to start the fourth. I’ve got no problem with that substitution pattern.
Of course, that’ll set the letter-writers off, but that’s what we’re here for, right?
Can't wait to read the comments when I get home after practice.