I was looking forward to Sunday's Cavs-Lakers nationally televised match up. Unfortunately, the Cavs decided to not show up.
They played as poor a game Sunday (or at least as poor a second half) as they have all season and they did so on a day when Kobe Bryant came up with another mysterious ailment and wasn't 100%. Unfortunately Lamar Odom decided Sunday was one of the ten days per season he'd show up motivated and the Cavaliers had no answer for the talented but enigmatic Lakers' forward. Odom went for 28 points and 17 boards, both season highs, in a 101-91 Lakers win. That smashed a Cavaliers home winning streak of 23 games.
The good news is that the Cavalier detractors can come out and get a little bit of sunlight, spout their dogma about LeBron James not being able to come up big in ‘big games', decry the need for a trade before the evening ends and then slink back to their pits only to surface again the next time the Cavaliers lay an egg.
Yeah, LeBron was LeAwful on Sunday. But even God took that day off way back when. Yeah, the game could be the difference between home court advantage throughout the playoffs but there are still 30+ games left to play for each team. Take your mouth off the tailpipe, turn off the car and open the garage door. As we've discussed 9 other times in about 50 games, this is a good basketball team that will learn from a loss. And if they don't, and it turns out they aren't as good as the Lakers, well, that will be determined at a later date. Not on February 8th.
Good grief. If I wanted to watch a game where players let minor injuries keep them from playing, where there's no blitzing or going after the quarterback and where the defense may as well as be playing two-hand touch, I'd queue up the DVR and watch the Browns game against Denver.
For those of you who are Browns fans and are in the same relative age group as I'm in (35-45), you might be interested in hitting up the podcast of ‘The Cleveland Experience' that aired this past Wednesday. Author Sean Harvey discussed "One Moment Changes Everything: The All-America Story of Don Rogers". Twenty minutes of conversation that discussed a critical juncture in Browns history and, quite frankly, an American family tragedy given the aftermath.
Thanks to Sean for being accommodating and for joining us. Go to Amazon.com and grab that book. You will not be disappointed.
This week we've already booked Tribe beat reporter Jim Ingraham to come in and discuss the Tribe and his thoughts as the Indians head to Goodyear. Join us this Wednesday at 930pm.