Cavaliers Quit On Each Other Against Celtics
The Cleveland Cavaliers should be ashamed. How did a 61-21 record, the best in the NBA, and home-court advantage turn into a team and city facing the longest 48 days of their lives?
Cleveland got outplayed by the Boston Celtics for five of the six games in the series (their only true win was Game 3). If not for Boston collapsing in Game 1, they could've finished the series in five. But during that 32-point blow out loss, it seemed as if LeBron was just not himself.
He lost his killer instinct and became passive. He did not take over the game like the NBA world expected. When he shut down, it was the Celtics fountain of youth that rose to the occasion. Paul Pierce got his game back, Kevin Garnett looked like his 2008 championship form, Ray Allen was raining threes, and Rajon Rondo was looking like the MVP instead of James.
In Game 6, LeBron had possibly the quietest triple-double in history (27 pts, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists), nearly a quadruple double including a whopping nine turnovers. He dribbled the ball off his foot, made bad passes, and the look in his eyes was that nothing really mattered. His mannerisms were nonchalant, like he checked out on his team.
As much weight as the media puts on #23 (soon to be #6), it wasn't entirely his fault, as he virtually had no help from his teammates and coaches. Mo Williams struggled, Anderson Varejao was more worried about bleeding than playing and Delonte West and Anthony Parker disappeared.
Shaquille O'Neal was the only one that showed up in Game 5, but he really wasn't as consistent as anyone would have liked. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and (most importantly) Antawn Jamison were both non-factors, with Jamison adding only 14 points in Games 5 & 6 combined.
The saddest thing was how the Cavaliers went out. Trailing by nine, they backed off. Nobody attempted to foul. They let the Celtics run down the clock. It just added to "The Catch", "Red Right 88", "The Drive", "The Fumble", "The Shot", and "The Upset" as plays that have contributed to the heartbreak and disappointment of the Cleveland sports scene.
While the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland face the longest 48 days ever, if LeBron decides to stay, he has to be surrounded with great talent that can carry him to a championship. He's carried Cleveland on his back for the past seven seasons. It is time to take the load off. Surround him with a royal court, instead of court jesters. If he leaves, it will not only leave the city of Cleveland with a bad taste in their mouths, but also probably send the Cavs back into the depths of mediocrity.
The Cavaliers need to look at everybody and decide who will be around. If they don't re-sign LeBron and improve the roster, they'll be right there with the Indians and Browns. The LeBron Watch is officially on. The clock is ticking. The Cavaliers quit in Game 6. Hopefully for the city of Cleveland, their biggest star hasn't quit on them.