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Pluto brings it hard on Laura, etc

Unread postby jb » Thu May 17, 2007 6:31 am

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/sports/columnists/terry_pluto/17238895.htm

Someone needs to tell Hughes, ``Just because you're open from 20 feet, you don't have to shoot it every time! Mark Price was at this game. Larry, you're not Mark Price.''

At halftime, the Cavs were behind 47-39. Hughes was 1-of-12 from the field. The rest of the team was 13-of-24. Hughes kept shooting, and none of the coaches seemed to want to tell him to put a cork in it -- or at least drive to the basket. He is not a reliable long-range shooter.

Here's a scary statistic: After five games, Hughes has attempted 90 field goals. LeBron James has 91. Making it worse, Hughes is 30-of-91 in this series.

Enough, already!

Someone also can tell Hughes, ``Look, if this continues and you want to be a stand-still shooter, then Daniel Gibson can play because he's better at it than you are.''



The Nets ran a high pick-and-roll play with future hall of famer Jason Kidd and Mikki Moore. They ran it over and over and over.

The result?

A journeyman who has been on nine teams in nine years, Moore (14 points, six rebounds) looked like he will be going into the hall of fame with Kidd. And the dazed Cavs appeared to have never seen anything like a basic pick-and-roll near the top of the key before. You almost expected them to stomp their feet and whine, ``No fair, stop! Use another play!''

3. The Nets played a lot of zone and sagging man-to-man defenses designed to make sure LeBron James (20 points, 5-of-14 shooting) never felt alone, unless he had the ball -- because no help was coming from his teammates.

The result?

Game 6 will be Friday night in New Jersey after the Nets' impressive 83-72 victory. The Cavs still lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals 3-2.

But as simple as 1-2-3, this series has changed.

Someone needs to tell the Cavs' defense: ``Cover Mikki Moore. He's 7-foot, he wears a bright red band over his long dreadlocks. How can you keep losing this guy in the middle of the key?''

Coach Mike Brown needs to take some of the blame for this.
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