There's a great deal of pain and sorrow today as we anticipate Game 3 of the Celtics-Cavs series. How could there not be after watching the first two games? The series has apparently officially ended. It's over. Take care of yourselves folks. Be careful not to trip over that bandwagon or the bodies that fell off the bandwagon on your way out.
The Cavs trail 2-0 against a quality team and left a win on the table in Game 1 in Boston.
You just don't recover from 0-2 after losing a close one to a quality team. It doesn't happen. Not ever.
In fact, I can't remember the last time the Cavs or anyone else got down 2-0 in the playoffs to a quality team and came back to win the series. Apparently, no one else can either because, like we noted earlier, it just does not happen.
The really painful part is this is the second season in a row this has happened to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It's like de'ja` vu all over again and that really stings.
It's just like last season when the Pistons got off to that 2-0 series lead and went on to sweep the Cavs out of playoffs. It's just like a couple seasons ago when the Mavericks took a 2-0 lead on the Heat in the Finals and went on to sweep the Heat and bring Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki their first NBA championship rings.
Done and over.
How much closer to last year can this series look?
So that's where the Cavs are once more. Down 2-0 to a quality team in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
They're favored by nobody and fancied by fewer.
Not favored by the odds-makers, not by the NBA ‘experts', not by their own fans. And why should they be? What have they shown in the past that might indicate to anybody, especially their own fans, that they are capable of handling this deficit and digging out of this hole?
What has James done in his playoff career that would earn him some leeway and some respect? Why should the King get even the benefit of the doubt that he's capable of helping lead this team back from a 2-0 deficit? Maybe when he earns that trust and that respect we'll give it to him but not until then. He's been terrible. His teammates have been terrible. They blew another 12 point lead in a Game 2. The Celtics defense has bottled him up completely. We've seen how miserably this ends.
We've seen it all before.
No one is being asked to enjoy what they've seen thus far in this series. It's been brutal.
No one is asking that you demand less of James than he's given in the past. He deserves criticism for his poor play thus far.
But we've been here before with James and with this team. We've seen this show from the Cavaliers and the King in the playoffs. We've ridden this ride and we've bought the t-shirts to prove it.
The way I see it, we can act like the experienced playoff fans we've come to be or we can act like petulant children complaining about being bored by the movie before it starts.
I have no idea if the series will flip, if momentum will change and if the Cavs will turn things around. I do know that there is a track record for such things. I've seen the skies clear before when they looked darker than hell and when the leader of this team had, in Games 1 and 2, looked more like Ricky Davis than Michael Jordan.
But I'll wait a day to wail away.
And I'll clear room for those who fell off the wagon should Game 3 go to the good guys.