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BOSTON: It was a night of promise that turned out broken. After a steady and confident start, the Cavaliers wilted under some intense pressure from the Boston Celtics and let Game 5 and their footing in the ... Full Story
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Bob in Sacramento

Fair Oaks, CA

#1 May 14, 2008
The Cavs did a pretty good job offensively in the first half: pushing the ball, running Lebron off picks, passing and getting everyone involved. Here’s Mike Brown’s speech at halftime of the most important game of the season:

"O.K. guys, in the second half we need to go back to the 'Brownie' offense. That means we slow it down, Lebron brings the ball up, dribbles for 10 seconds about 30 feet from the basket, and then one of our big guys sets a screen for him way out there. Everybody else just stands around and watches. Our second option after Lebron is Andy,'cause he's a great low-block scorer. Oh, and Z...he's only going to play a few minutes in the second half. He's our second leading scorer, but we need more defense. Now I know this approach usually doesn't work, but I think it will this time. And if it doesn't, don't look at me 'cause I'll be sitting on the bench with my mouth hanging open and a confused look on my face. That's it--go get 'em, guys!"

The Bulls couldn't win a championship with Jordan until they hired Phil Jackson. The Cavs won't win a championship with Lebron until they hire a coach who understands how to run an NBA offense. Brown never has and never will. His quote after the game was "We didn't do the things necessary defensively." Seriously, that's what he said.
LeThargic -Queen- James

Avon Lake, OH

#2 May 15, 2008
Stick a fork in them. They are done.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#3 May 15, 2008
You know when James has a big first half the Cavs are in trouble. The rest of the team forgets how to play.

In the end the Cavs just don't have enough offense. Either it is the talent or the system. But I've never seen a team have so much trouble executing screens, pick and roll, all the basics.

And then it was "here we go again" with James bringing up the ball instead of a point guard which we don't have.

It will be difficult for the Cavs to bring the energy for game six. They should know that they can win in Boston. But they will need every man aboard.
JNP

Erie, PA

#4 May 15, 2008
I'll be the optimistic one and say they are going to win in game six, but the same-old offensive woes showed up again in game 5.

Another point, most of their turnovers are just laziness. How many times do they televise their passes and simply bounce the ball to their teammates? It is too easy to intercept the pass when their is no zip on the ball (lebron is as much to blame as anyone else when it comes to these lazy passes).

Cavs must also be the worst team coming out of a timeout or end of a quarter. There play book is just like Bob in Sacramento said. No originality.

This will be a key point in game 6 if the Cavs decide to make it one -- James CAN get to the rim if he is aggressive enough. He seems to be timid until he needs to be aggressive. Evident last night when Pierce had 3 fouls early in the 3 period and Lebron never attacked him. If he picked up a quick fourth foul maybe things might have been different.

It is just frustrating watching this team play sometimes. I am still hoping and wishing that they will win this series, but they have dropped some great opportunities to win at least one game in Boston.

Go Cavs
hdawg

Mamaroneck, NY

#5 May 15, 2008
Well, everybody seems to struggle offensively in Boston. Mike Brown doesn't get nearly enough credit for the defense his teams play, that's the reason they made the finals last year.
KBADM11

United States

#6 May 15, 2008
I hope it goes back to Boston for game 7 - maybe we can pull a red sox on the celtics. This is so typical Cleveland sports - the great tease - get close then find a way to be Cleveland.
Chad

Cleveland, OH

#7 May 15, 2008
FREE THROWS FREE THROWS FREE THROWS!

Forget all the lazy passes, and missed jumpers, and turnovers, and lack of assists. We missed 14 FREE THROWS. Make half of them and we win!!!
Optimist

Oxnard, CA

#10 May 15, 2008
Rebound and assist, and dribbles, dribbles made the difference.
Da 5th

Montgomery, AL

#11 May 15, 2008
Bob in Sacramento wrote:
The Cavs did a pretty good job offensively in the first half: pushing the ball, running Lebron off picks, passing and getting everyone involved. Here’s Mike Brown’s speech at halftime of the most important game of the season:
"O.K. guys, in the second half we need to go back to the 'Brownie' offense. That means we slow it down, Lebron brings the ball up, dribbles for 10 seconds about 30 feet from the basket, and then one of our big guys sets a screen for him way out there. Everybody else just stands around and watches. Our second option after Lebron is Andy,'cause he's a great low-block scorer. Oh, and Z...he's only going to play a few minutes in the second half. He's our second leading scorer, but we need more defense. Now I know this approach usually doesn't work, but I think it will this time. And if it doesn't, don't look at me 'cause I'll be sitting on the bench with my mouth hanging open and a confused look on my face. That's it--go get 'em, guys!"
The Bulls couldn't win a championship with Jordan until they hired Phil Jackson. The Cavs won't win a championship with Lebron until they hire a coach who understands how to run an NBA offense. Brown never has and never will. His quote after the game was "We didn't do the things necessary defensively." Seriously, that's what he said.
Bob I couldn't agree with you more in fact I was going to say pretty much the same thing you said on a blog this morning regardless of if the Cavs won or lost. I'm tired of hearing about how the Celtics turned up the intensity on D, how the NBA want to see the Lakers/Celtics finals, how Lebron doesnt get the calls from the refs, etc. The problem is with Mike Brown's Offense, the first half everyone was cutting and coming off screens and moving without the ball and in the second half they ran the same play EVERY SINGLE time (except the first 3 possessions of the half) down court. You know the one "the inbound the ball to LeBron and everyone go run and stand in a designated corner and run a pick in roll with about 8 sec left on the shot clock play." Do they really practice that? All this does is let the Celtics d know exactly where Lebron is and makes it easy to double and triple team him. Im going to support the Cavs regardless but something really needs to be done about Mike Browns offense!
BayouBuckeye

Natchitoches, LA

#12 May 15, 2008
You are so right. When the Cavs were within five or six late, I said to myself, "If they had made half of those missed free throws, they would be on the brink of winning."

Other thoughts:

*If Rondo scores 25 points again, then God bless the Celtics, they deserve to win. But as LJ said at half, he's going to have to beat them and I don't think he can keep doing it.
*Is anybody else tired of Ray Allen's sneer, Kevin Garnett's scowl, and Paul Pierces perpetual frown. Talk about "mad at the world."
*The Celtics simply did not miss from the perimeter in the second half. Give them credit. But, as Barkley said, they are a jump shooting team and that's dicey.
*I think the Cavs win Game 6 and it comes down to what happens in Boston.
Chad wrote:
FREE THROWS FREE THROWS FREE THROWS!
Forget all the lazy passes, and missed jumpers, and turnovers, and lack of assists. We missed 14 FREE THROWS. Make half of them and we win!!!
Alicia

Massillon, OH

#13 May 15, 2008
Lebron James made the cavs what they are today.Com e on people King James is gettin wore out HELP him out in the games!!!!!!
Jim in Kent

Ravenna, OH

#14 May 15, 2008
Bob in Sacramento wrote:
The Cavs did a pretty good job offensively in the first half: pushing the ball, running Lebron off picks, passing and getting everyone involved. Here’s Mike Brown’s speech at halftime of the most important game of the season:
"O.K. guys, in the second half we need to go back to the 'Brownie' offense. That means we slow it down, Lebron brings the ball up, dribbles for 10 seconds about 30 feet from the basket, and then one of our big guys sets a screen for him way out there. Everybody else just stands around and watches. Our second option after Lebron is Andy,'cause he's a great low-block scorer. Oh, and Z...he's only going to play a few minutes in the second half. He's our second leading scorer, but we need more defense. Now I know this approach usually doesn't work, but I think it will this time. And if it doesn't, don't look at me 'cause I'll be sitting on the bench with my mouth hanging open and a confused look on my face. That's it--go get 'em, guys!"
The Bulls couldn't win a championship with Jordan until they hired Phil Jackson. The Cavs won't win a championship with Lebron until they hire a coach who understands how to run an NBA offense. Brown never has and never will. His quote after the game was "We didn't do the things necessary defensively." Seriously, that's what he said.
You are absolutely right about Mr. Potato Head's offense. He has none. He wouldn't know an offense if it sat on his lap and called him Mama. How do you stop KG? You double him HARD as soon as he gets the ball, and as soon as he passes out of the double, the help QUICKLY goes back to their assignment. KG will always pass rather than try to fight through a double, especially if it pushes him away from the basket. How do you stop crapping away a 12 point lead? You call a time out and settle your team down. You adjust defensive assignments, if needed, pump them up and send them back out. You make the defensive stops and keep the offensive pressure on their defense by using the whole shot clock and constantly move without the ball. Cut - Pass - Cut - Pass: Offense 101. Mike Brown is an idiot. The only hope for Cleveland is that they lose this series and Mike Brown is fired.
RAVEN GOLDENBOY

Japan

#15 May 15, 2008
I hope will win in game 5 gow gow gow CAVS
RAVEN GOLDENBOY

Japan

#16 May 15, 2008
LBJ your the Man..i hope you can doit again.... GOW CAVS
Mark Parmentier

Appleton, WI

#17 May 15, 2008
The defensive intensity may have contributed, however, missed free throws lost this game.
Rick

Mansfield, OH

#18 May 15, 2008
I'm starting to believe road (away) games are more mental than anything else. I didn't see the "win at all cost" attitude from the Cavs last night. West seemed to be the only one with a sense of urgency. It seemed like everyone would heave up a jumper or two and then stop shooting, and stop driving to the basket. I think Mike Brown has to determine how he is going to lead this team and get them fired up. The first one to toss a lazy pass resulting in a turnover should be benched for a few minutes until they understand what is at stake. A winning attitude is necessary to win. To really want something so much that you are willing to expend all your energy. Boston's defense was intense late in the second quarter and most of the third. The Cavs needed to fire back with crisp cuts and passes. Boston's defense makes mistakes; after a few passes the holes start to open up. Stop spreading the court and waiting for Lebron to get mugged going to the rim. Set Lebron up on the post consistently. Don't do it once and forget about it. Boston's defense is basic...it is just performed with intensity. Respond to it with basic offensive sets and "determination". If the defensive player is up in your face, you have to try to make him pay and drive around him. The first few steps/dribbles are crucial to beating your man, so give it all you can for those first few steps. Trying to step it up a notch in the last few minutes isn't going to win a Championship. If you lose and you gave it your all, that is one thing. But if you lose while giving a half effort, that is not good.
Steve G

United States

#19 May 15, 2008
No mention at all of the poor free throw shooting of the Cavs? That part was key. Celtics defenes was very good again, but it looked like the Cavs just didn't have a plan on how to deal with it.

And where was Z? They did very little to get him involved, after he was a very productive player in the first 2 games in Boston. They should look to get him involved early, rather than have LeBron be the focal point. LeBron will always get his later.

Lets's go Cavs, come back in game 6, force that deciding game back in Boston. The Celtics are beatable, but the Cavs need to play better on the road, for a full 4 quarters.
Steve G

United States

#20 May 15, 2008
Alicia wrote:
Lebron James made the cavs what they are today.Com e on people King James is gettin wore out HELP him out in the games!!!!!!
While nobody can disagree that LeBron James has made the Cavs a contender (regardless of the talent level around them) he still has to take some of the blame. He seems to demand the ball on the inbound, then brings it up and stands around waiting for the defense to react. If that is the designed offense, then Brown and the other coaches are clueless. But it seems like LeBron trying to take over the game.

Besides that, just because he hit a few jump shots early, doesn't make it a good idea to start shooting jumpers early in the shot clock with somebody in your face. The Celtics D has gotten into LeBron's head. And he seems to be trying to show he can beat them no matter what. But 1-5 does not win in the playoffs. And then you also have the lazy passes that the team is doing, including LeBron. Some look like the are just trying to hand off like in football. But the defensive player just steps in and knocks it out.

I give LeBron a lot of credit, but he needs to take the blame as well. I'm pretty sure he has no problem with that. He even said he had a pretty good game, but the team's loss means more.

I loved that play where he stole the ball from Pierce, then ran down the court and beat Allen to score even though he was fouled.
Yolanda

Akron, OH

#21 May 15, 2008
What a horrible loss. Cavs we can win game six, just stay focused and make all of your shots. Go Cavs Go! Keep your heads held up high and play your sport.
East Side Joe

Chevy Chase, MD

#22 May 15, 2008
JNP wrote:
I'll be the optimistic one and say they are going to win in game six, but the same-old offensive woes showed up again in game 5.
Another point, most of their turnovers are just laziness. How many times do they televise their passes and simply bounce the ball to their teammates? It is too easy to intercept the pass when their is no zip on the ball (lebron is as much to blame as anyone else when it comes to these lazy passes).
Cavs must also be the worst team coming out of a timeout or end of a quarter. There play book is just like Bob in Sacramento said. No originality.
This will be a key point in game 6 if the Cavs decide to make it one -- James CAN get to the rim if he is aggressive enough. He seems to be timid until he needs to be aggressive. Evident last night when Pierce had 3 fouls early in the 3 period and Lebron never attacked him. If he picked up a quick fourth foul maybe things might have been different.
It is just frustrating watching this team play sometimes. I am still hoping and wishing that they will win this series, but they have dropped some great opportunities to win at least one game in Boston.
Go Cavs
Their passing is one of my big complaints. I hate those lazy sorta hand-offs sorta passes after the dribbler has pick-up his dribble. Too many unproductive passes.

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