Cavaliers vs Spurs and the NBA Playoffs

by The Cavalier on June 4, 2007 · 9 comments

Well, we’re two days post, and we’re not quite ready to look ahead to the actual Finals yet.

Without going too into it, Saturday night was somewhat emotional around our head, and right now there’s a definite feeling of contentment with just making it. Hopefully this changes by Thursday’s Game 1.

You have to understand – we love all Cleveland teams, but the Cavs have always been far and away our thing.

We vividly remember sitting and staring dead-faced at the TV for an hour after The Shot – this was 18 years ago now, but it feels like yesterday.

As such, we haven’t looked ahead, nor have we really gathered our thoughts. So, we fall back on bullet-points, for the second time in recent history:

* One of the coolest things about all this was all the reports of nothing bad going down in Cleveland. Everything we’ve read and been told was that it was just lots of people hugging and cheering and being happy. If there were fires set off, people were classy enough to do it in their own homes.

* Strangely, we weren’t afraid “The Clock” was going to be next in the tragedy timeline. We felt pretty confident the whole game. We don’t remember who, but somebody called this a six game sweep. Cleveland controlled this whole series.

* Somebody around here was on the Boobie Gibson train all season long. Hmm. (Darryl was too, and long, long, long before we were.)

* The Z/LeBron hug was one of the coolest things in the closing moments.

* Where was David Stern? Not that there’s anything wrong with Bill Russell, but you’d think Stern would want to be there for LeBron’s first Finals advancement thing.

* Dan Gilbert has to be happy – two years in and he’s in the conversation for best owner in Cleveland sports history.

* It’s gonna be really difficult to fire Coach Mike at this point, yes?

Oh, and as for Game Four? We’re booked. So in the case of a sweep, we’re all set for a public display of weeping. See you there, CLE.

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1 Sarge June 4, 2007 at 10:15 am

I think Windhorst called it the sweep…or at least wrote about someone calling it that. I’m still in shock…and now I have to wait until Thursday!?

2 roger June 4, 2007 at 10:28 am

I’m with you on the asterisk points:

*I am “just happy to be there.” Hopefully the Cavs aren’t as easily sated, but everything from here on out is gravy to me.

*Windhorst said the 6-game sweep thing.

*I thought Gibson should get more minutes when he power-dunked during an Indiana game early in the year. That showed he had more than one dimension. You could already tell he had the purest shot on the team the first time he hoisted a three.

*I have to give Coach Mike props for his playing substitutions – especially the “small” lineup. He did a good job during the whole series of balancing offense and defense, getting Snow in the game late at the right times. This shows a great deal of “in-game” growth for Coach as he seemed unable to pull the trigger at the right times previously.

*Saturday night was not the time to be OCD. There was a lot of contact with strangers. Nor was it a good time to be afraid of car horns.

*Keep me abreast of Reader Summit II. Did you buy flash seats for game 4?

3 mcbias June 4, 2007 at 10:29 am

The Cavalier (and other interested folk), there’s serious talk of a Cleveland gathering of sports-Internet types. E-mail if you’re interested. (Braces for inevitable Tony Parker prank e-mail)

4 Brandon Dean Price June 4, 2007 at 10:30 am

I don’t know who you’re referring to with the Boobie train but I was at this game

and couldn’t believe he fell to 42nd in the draft. He doesn’t make a lot of things happen offensively for teammates, but all year everyone cried for Ferry to bring a shooter in and I could never understand Coach Mike wouldn’t park Gibson behind the three for the whole game. Plus he seems nice.

5 Ben June 4, 2007 at 11:56 am

the thing is, Gibson does more than just shoot. He boxes out (and he got called for a foul boxing out last game. Even though he had position and McDyess just jumped over him. Dumb foul by Gibson, why’d he make Antonio jump over him?), he hits the lane, he defense AND he shoots. Is he a pure pg? nope. But he brings more to the game than just ‘shooting’

6 McBain June 4, 2007 at 1:04 pm

The crowds on the streets were very respectful. It was joy in its purest, most innocent form.

7 matt June 4, 2007 at 2:35 pm

I can’t wait to see Eva Longoria six hundred times over the next few weeks. She ees like ze tiny, brittle bird, non? With ze many fancy hats and jumpings for joy, non?

Mais Oui!

8 FearTheSword June 5, 2007 at 8:53 am

Gibson = X-Factor

Is anyone else wondering why the hell this series isn’t starting on Tueday Night???


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