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    Oh well, so much for that.

    Probably his last game as a Cavalier.

    He needs (demands) a 'better' supporting cast.

    Or something.

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    *happy dance*
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    Rooting for the Celtics tomorrow(today)
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    LOL what happened to Montana Mama?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    LOL what happened to Montana Mama?
    Probably either in mourning, or busy burning effigies of the Celtic players(or who knows, maybe she turned and is burning a Lebron effigy?).

    This was just devastating to Cleveland apparently. Just a huge shock and letdown. Even here the local paper is expressing this kind of thing with lots of coverage. Without a team here, many here are Cleveland fans with the NBA (either Cleveland, Cincy(ugh) or Pittsburg with the NFL-very few for Indy though..)

    I will be in mourning too if the Lakers manage to somehow blow it and lose.
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    (It's all about him, Lebron)

    LeBron trades one drama for another - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

    BOSTON – The clock struck midnight, the locker-room door swung open and LeBron James(notes) marched out a liberated man. Out of the playoffs, off the Garden floor, and barely out the tunnel before he ripped off that No. 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey on Thursday. As James marched his way toward the interview room, his stable of agents, middlemen and childhood chums had to walk fast to keep up with him. They never do like letting King James out of their sights.

    Together, they have big ideas, bigger plans and the biggest agenda this sport’s ever seen. The playoffs move on without LBJ, but deep down it reassures him that the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic will never be as big of a story as the suspense he and his hangers-on will spin together.
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    “Me and my team, we have a game plan that we’re going to execute,” James said.

    Yes, his team. That’s where James’ loyalties lie, where together they’ll chase the one title he’s forever chased: the biggest free agent of his generation.

    Together, they’re going to hold the NBA hostage. They’re going to flush out a thousand scenarios, manipulate front-office decisions in Cleveland, New York, Chicago and beyond. Kentucky’s John Calipari is along for the ride, working with agent Leon Rose and middleman William Wesley, and all hell promises to break out now.

    The plan they’re talking about includes Calipari coming to Cleveland as James’ hand-picked coach. “He’s got to listen if they come calling,” a source close to Calipari told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night. He was talking about the Cavaliers and Bulls, and Calipari’s camp is determined to open bidding to multiple teams.

    Together, these narcissists will manufacture a drama that will undermine the conference and NBA Finals, the NBA draft and Fourth of July parades in small towns and big cities across America. James and the Cavs lost Game 6 of the conference semifinals to the Boston Celtics, 94-85, but he hardly seemed devastated in the losing locker room. James had a triple-double that was devalued with nine turnovers. He shot 44 percent for the series, turned the ball over 27 times and behaved like a lousy leader.

    Truth be told, James did something no champion would’ve ever dared: He quit on his teammates in Game 5 and that made it easy for the rest of them – and James – to quit in the final minutes of Game 6. This has been an indictment of the coaching staff and organization, but James, too. Mostly, James. The Cavs have turned out to be a great regular season team unfit for the playoffs, but James was the most responsible for this collapse in the conference semifinals. There was no culprit even a close second.

    Still, James will get over it fast because he engages in so little self-examination. In his mind, and that of his cast of sycophants, blame belongs on his coach, Mike Brown, for his lousy adjustments and game plans. It belongs to general manager Danny Ferry for the unworthy teammates. James was no MVP in this series, but no one stays in his employ with impure thoughts of accountability.

    The next time you hear James, as the franchise star, say, “This was on me,” will be the first. All around James, his yes men never require him to deal in the currency of truth. Aaron Goodwin, his old agent, tried to be honest with him and his high school buddies, and it got him fired five years ago.

    James is on the market, a free agent for the ages, and maybe now the kid out of small-town Akron gets to live out his big-city, bright-light dreams. Where next? Oh, James isn’t worried about that now. He wants the guessing to continue through July 1 and beyond. He backed over Brown one more time on Thursday night, and Brown’s as good as gone as the Cavs’ coach. Ferry has been fiercely loyal to Brown, but his mismanagement of matchups and in-game adjustments compounded an earlier playoff exit with a larger payroll and deeper roster.

    Brown goes now, and Calipari moves into the forefront of the discussion. James is forever seeking leverage, and hand-picking his own coach with the Cavs could be the most appealing part of staying with them. What James’ crew will do is force an NBA market for Calipari that exists in only two scenarios: The promise of keeping James or the promise of luring James away.

    For Rose and Wesley to attach the prime years of James’ career to Calipari would speak more to an economic power play and monopoly than a functional, workable and winning NBA environment. For some college coaches, talk of them going to the NBA hurts their recruiting. It’s just the opposite for Calipari: It isn’t those stiff owners and GMs who want Calipari, but King James himself. Calipari tells the kids it’s all rumor, except for the part about James, the MVP, wanting him. The Bulls deliver the bonus of Derrick Rose(notes) as the star point guard, and Rose does love his old
    college coach at Memphis.


    Yet, the desperation of Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert makes Calipari’s hiring at $5 million-$6 million a genuine possibility, should James simply say the word. Nevertheless, one Eastern Conference executive close to Ferry told Yahoo! Sports this week: “I think Danny would resign before he’d hire Cal.”

    Ferry understands that it would be a hollow, joyless existence, and he doesn’t need the job that badly. He has too much money and too much sense to sign on for more years of being held hostage. Nevertheless, his contract is up, too, and maybe he just walks once James makes his decision. There’s a reason Calipari sat courtside with Rose at Tuesday’s Game 5 in Cleveland, and it had everything to do with thrusting himself into the Class of 2010 conversation. As narcissists go, Calipari and James probably belong together. It would be a partnership constructed for all the wrong reasons and doomed to spectacular failure.

    When it comes to free agency criteria, James insisted late Thursday, “I want to win. … That’s my only thing … my only concern.”

    Winning is nice and all, and James will eventually get himself a title or two. He’s too talented. At the end of his seventh NBA season, James lost one more chance at it Thursday, and it hardly felt like the end of the world for him. He’ll get over it fast because that enormous ego will be nourished with the courtship of his lifetime, his free agency, and perhaps the hardest part will come sometime in July when James has to make a choice, pick a team and play there. Only then, the wooing of LeBron James will be complete and you have to wonder: How will King James ever live without that?

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    i'm so not a LeBron James fan, but I will give him this. in defeat he was a class act.
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    I know it's way too early, but a part of me is salivating at the prospect of Kobe Lakers vs. Garnett Celtics part deux.

    Both are battle hardened and a dream matchup compared to when they last met in the finals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    LOL what happened to Montana Mama?
    Sorry, I was out of town and no where near my computer from last wednesday until this morning...Thankfully, I was catching up with an old high school friend during last Thursdays' debacle and by the time the 2d half rolled around, I was quit handily drunk as a skunk (cushioned the blow some).

    I hate being a Cleveland sports fan, it ALWAYS ends in crap. So, congrats to the Celtics, I'd like to see some comprehensive blood work though, they played like poop for the better part of the season and then suddenly they're all spry and whatnot. Once again, another season, another sport, where I can only root for mutual destruction for the remaining playoff teams since I hate them all.
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    welcome back! i had visuals of you standing near a bathtub holding a plugged in toaster LOL.
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    Woo-hoo, the Celtics are peaking right now at just the right time.

    Wonder if those two missed free throws for Carter will be on the same 'level' as the missed free throws from Nick Anderson back in 1995.

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    Celtics blood and urine tests STAT. There is just no way that we should be seeing what we are seeing with this team after the season they just played.
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    the Celtics played poorly during the regular season, so its perfectly natural for them to be playing this good now. They are all healthy.
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    Celtics bully Magic into corner in East finals - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

    ORLANDO, Fla. – They’re laughing at the Orlando Magic now, taunting them on the way out of Amway Arena and onto the NBA Finals. Between the end of Game 2 and the joyous bus ride to the Boston Celtics’ charter flight, it appeared that Paul Pierce(notes) gleefully punched four
    acidic words into his Twitter account: “Anybody got a broom?”

    Somehow, this declaration found its way onto Pierce’s page. The keepers of his website insisted later this was the work of a hacker, but, nevertheless, those words were waiting for Dwight Howard(notes) on Tuesday night. It’s Pierce’s page, his responsibility. The brave public face of a
    privately shattered franchise, Howard plopped down on an interview podium and had Pierce’s alleged parting shot read back to him.

    Howard scrunched his face and asked: You want me to respond to that? Everyone wanted Howard and these Magic to respond to something in this series. The Celtics came into these Eastern Conference finals, did the unthinkable and beat the Magic in back-to-back games and Howard had to summon everything within him to keep his composure.

    “Pride,” he sniffed, “comes before a fall.”

    And so does a mortified Vince Carter(notes) at the free-throw line with 31.9 seconds left, missing two shots with
    a face flushed with fear. So does a brainlocked J.J. Redick(notes) failing to call a timeout with 6.9 seconds left,
    dribbling a few steps down the floor and leaving the Magic without a chance to advance the ball after a timeout. The Magic would get a lousy, desperation 3-point heave at the buzzer and lose 95-92.

    Yes, the Magic are delivering a Biblical meltdown in this series, the kind of humiliating, embarrassing loss that shakes a franchise to its core. Whoever was responsible for the tweet, it hardly mattered: Pierce had stared into the television cameras at game’s end and blurted to Boston fans: “We’re coming home to close it out.”

    Pierce had 28 points for the Celtics, an offensive onslaught that’s come once the burden of guarding LeBron James(notes) had left his life. He’s reborn with the ball in his hands, with the Celtics’ crisp, precise
    passing delivering him shots in his sweet spots throughout the floor. As much as anything, Boston is bursting with bravado and backtalk, these old disagreeable Celtics rising from what had once felt like a lost season.

    The Celtics had gone through the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, beating them so badly that James is closer to leaving than staying and the coach, Mike Brown, is going to get fired. The Celtics are running roughshod through the Eastern Conference, torching everything in their wake. They’re belligerent and disagreeable, frustrating the Magic in so many ways.

    Privately, the Celtics never believed these Magic could match up with them. They knew they could take away so much defensively, and they’ve done it. To think how demoralized the Magic must be to have Howard bust out for 30 points and still lose Game 2. Now, Orlando must withstand the torrent of criticism that’ll come between now and Game 3 on Saturday. Carter had been brought to Orlando in a trade with the New Jersey Nets for these moments, these late-game shots, and even the Celtics privately raised eyebrows over how discombobulated he looked on the line.

    Everyone could see his two free throws never had a chance. Carter’s weak in the clutch, his legacy further cemented in Game 2. No one shrinks like him.

    “Just don’t remind me,” Carter grumbled, when someone reminded him he was an 84 percent free-throw shooter on the season. Just don’t remind him? Oh, he’s going to be reminded every day this week.

    These Celtics made every smart play in the final minutes of the game, forever playing patient, smart basketball. Rashard Lewis(notes) is the $118
    million man who can’t get his shot in this series, whose disappearance is the reason the Magic have to sit and listen to Twitter taunts about getting swept.

    “Everybody’s trying to be the hero,” Lewis said. “Everybody’s trying to make the tough play. Hey, I wanted to do the same thing, but I just couldn’t get my hands on the ball.” Lewis had five points, and his passivity makes him look too much like a willing victim. This is the problem for the Magic. They’ll sit around town for three days, take a beating and fly to Boston for a raucous Game 3 on Saturday.

    Lewis and Carter aren’t cut of a cloth that should inspire confidence they can dig the Magic out of this trouble. Howard and Jameer Nelson(notes)
    can fight through the carnage of Games 1 and 2, but the rest of these Magic are probably too fragile. They’re dizzy now. They never did see the Celtics coming, and maybe no one did. Orlando had it too easy with eight straight playoff victories and it’s worked against them in the conference finals.

    The Celtics walked into Amway Arena with a 2-by-4, and just started pounding on the Magic. The Magic are downright dazed, staggering and on the brink of a TKO. The Celtics jumped Orlando, and they’re halfway home to a possible meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

    Perhaps Pierce’s tweet had been hacked, but the message still spoke to his own words on the floor at game’s end: The Celtics are going home to sweep these Magic, pushing harder and harder on a revival that came suddenly, that felt like it was out of nowhere. Orlando had danced and preened its way over those paper Bobcats and Hawks, but everything changed in 48 hours in Florida.

    Boston chopped down LeBron James, and now they’re going after Dwight Howard, too. It’s a mess for these Magic, and all they could do late Tuesday was sit back, seethe and know there isn’t a damn thing they could do to stop the snickering. Between now and a season lost, the Magic must make these Celtics respect them. So far, the Celtics’ private insistence is true: Orlando can’t beat them when they’re playing their best basketball. So far, it’s played out perfectly. If Pierce didn’t say it, then maybe he should’ve: Break out a broom for the sweep that no one saw coming, for a Celtics franchise full of so much bully and bravado that the rest of the NBA will have to go back to hating them again.

    Pride comes before a fall, Dwight Howard declared on Tuesday night. Yes, it does. The Magic need to show some on Saturday night, need to make a last stand for a season that already feels like it’s going, going and gone.

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    Go Lakers! Nobody can stop them. Poor Suns...too small, going even smaller does not work-they are doomed.

    I do like me some Grant Hill though. Still looks as young and boyishly cute as ever even in his late thirties. I loved it when he got that technical. He was like 'WTF"-I am Mr. Nice Guy!
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