Friday, May 29, 2009
Tom Berenger believes in the Cavs! I'll tell you what. I went to the bathroom and shaved at halftime tonight and I really, really wanted to slit my wrists. I had that feeling that all Clevelanders have experienced in which you know that the shit is hitting the fan but there is nothing that you can do about it. But I persevered, much like the Cavaliers, and I got to witness one of the best solo closings that I have ever seen.
37 and 14 and 12. Wow.
The King was absolutely transcendent (big word alert!) in that 4th quarter. He would not allow that team to lose. How it took them 4.75 games to post LeBron at the free throw line and let him operate, I do not know. But they have the recipe now. You don't get him the rock above the 3 point line, you get it to him where he can shoot or drive. That was perfect.
I am extremely pissed off about this team continually blowing huge first half leads though. I mean, what the fuck? Mo Williams comes out on fire and D-Lo is also tearing it up but it all falls to shit in almost no time. That has to change.
I'm glad that the Cavs didn't get a bunch of homer calls. All in all, I thought that game 5 was officiated very well. There were very few weak and questionable calls. Everything called on Howard was legit. You worry, as far as the integrity of the game goes, that the refs will take it upon themselves to stretch out a series. They didn't tonight. The Cavs earned that. It wasn't easy but all that matters is that we are heading back to Cleveland. Unfortunately, our celebrity fans of A-Rod, Mariano, CC, Big Ben, Brady the Fudgepacker, and Jay-Z will not be able to support us in game 6. It's us against the world.
So what does it all mean? Well, the Cavs survived to live and fight another day. They are playing better while Orlando is starting to miss some of the shots that they drilled in the first four games. And now the pressure is on the Magic. They HAVE to close this thing out at home. They don't want to come back up to Cleveland. They WILL lose if they have to come back to The Q. I'll take that. Let's see how they respond to having their backs sort of against the wall. Will they continue to stay hot or will they shrink in the big moment? It's why the NBA Playoffs are so great and can't miss TV...you just never know what will happen in this great game.
For game 6, I will be watching it at over at commenter GSaul's law school graduation party. It just so happens to be going up against his Wings game 1 but, come on, I'm a guest! I promise that I will run the best remote ever. And I will be continuing my superstition of sitting on the floor. Congrats, GSaul, now let's support your Cleveland Cavaliers!!! Back on Monday...hopefully still wanting to talk hoops.