To our delight, they beat New Jersey in confident (if not beautiful) fashion, and are now up 2-0 in the series.
We’d love to go all into what’s become the ridiculous offensive rebounding advantage CLE has, but we’re left instead with Vince Carter and His Soccer Uniform lying on the floor late in the 4th quarter…with a cramp.
This is, of course, a curious case of the joke that has already written itself. How does one expand upon Vince Carter and His Soccer Uniform costing his team a point in a tight game because he’s writhing on the floor…with a cramp?
“Owww!” Vince Carter and His Soccer Uniform said of the injury. “My stockings, thigh guards, and other assorted leg wraps failed to protect me from everything they were supposed to.”
When asked to explain how he might change his approach for Game 3, Carter and His Soccer Uniform laughed. “Oh, I don’t care. You pick something.”
Truth be told, Carter and His Soccer Uniform didn’t have a bad game if you look at the box score. The other side of that is actually watching his game on a play-by-play basis. Do Nets fans spend 50% of the game screaming at the guy to go to the hole? To use his talents for good, and not aggravation?
As for the Cavaliers, the offense is pretty ugly, but they’ve managed to buckle down and get it done in the fourth quarter of these games. Add in the offensive rebounding thing, and the Cavs are able to win while shooting like 10% less than the Nets. They get like 20 more shots per game, which TNT announcer Doug Collins taught us in 140 separate sentences over 2+ hours.
(Just a small question here – when you get into the bonus with 10 minutes left in the fourth, how are you not posting up someone – anyone – every single time down the floor?)
Alas, all of this is nice – up 2-0 is clearly better than 0-2 or 1-1. THAT SAID, it’s difficult to project what it means for the next game, let alone anything past that – these are the 06-07 Cavaliers, after all. They tend to do just enough to win, and whether they can up that ante to include non-Washington/Jersey teams is a mystery.