Papa Cass wrote:Somebody from Not Cleveland saying the Cavs aren't really all that great? Why, that never happens.
The next time I care about any assessment that comes from an ex-jock, Steve Kerr will have made his way back to the broadcast booth.
Yep. The following is from Olddawg, from the Lakers game thread. The lack of acknowledgment of these points from any analyst pretty much diminishes their take on the Cavaliers vs. Lakers and the balance of power:
The more I think about this game, the more I am impressed about it.
Yes, it was the Cavs beating the defending world champions on their own floor in the national spotlight.
However, the most impressive thing to me is how the Cavs responded to a number of situations.
1) After the late 2nd quarter melt down, the momentum had clearly shifted back to the Lakers. How many of us were then predicting 2nd half doom?? The Cavs came back and re-established themselves on both ends of the floor. Very impressive.
2) When the game got physical, the Cavs remained steadfast, and were willing to play physical basketball. And they kept playing physical. They stood their ground. The Lakers, on the other hand, played physical for a while and expected the Cavs to whither. When the Cavs did not whither, the Lakers couldn't handle it and got dirty and whiny.
3) When the Lakers got dirty and whiny, the Cavs took the high road. While they stood up for one another, they did not retaliate or get dirty in response. The Cavs continued to play physical and hold the fort while the Lakers melted down in front of the country.
The physical nature of play the second half reminded me of play-off atmosphere. I think of the old time Lakers-Celtics finals, where no one was allowed to shoot a lay-up by the defense.
The Lakers (Kobe particularly) felt they could just drive to the hoop, throw themselves at the defense, and get a call. I know the commentators were defending Kobe about some of these calls, but if you jump into Shaq, you're gonna fall down, not Shaq. Just the way it is. Like I used to say, if you jump into a briar patch, you're gonna get scratched.