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JordansBulls
05-03-2009, 04:22 PM
( 1 ) Cleveland Cavaliers (66-16) vs. ( 4 ) Atlanta Hawks (47-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers will have the Homecourt Advantage


Cleveland Wins Series 4-0 Series Breakdown


Game 1 Cleveland 99 Atlanta 72 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=Amt2oss0jw8rGMpr__bbkMi8vLYF?gid=200 9050505)
Game 2 Cleveland 105 Atlanta 85 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=AptIFtvWT4ao4_4pAd4ZjAK8vLYF?gid=200 9050705)
Game 3 Cleveland 97 Atlanta 82 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=Ao05PZqjGVob.zfcPoZ51YK8vLYF?gid=200 9050901)
Game 4 Cleveland 84 Atlanta 74 (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/boxscore;_ylt=AroymWdMg_gAqUpIFhiK9vy8vLYF?gid=200 9051101)



REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Cavaliers won series 3-1
Nov. 22: at Cavaliers 110, Atlanta 96
Dec 13: at Atlanta 97 Cavaliers 92
Mar 1: Cavaliers 88 at Atlanta 87
Mar. 21: at Cavaliers 102, Atlanta 96




http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/KHinrich12/Team%20Logos/Cavaliers.png Projected Starting Lineup


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PG - Mo Williams
SG - Delonte West
SF - Lebron James
PF - Anderson Varajeo
C - Zydrunas Ilgauskas





http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp109/KHinrich12/Team%20Logos/Hawks.png Projected Starting Lineup

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PG - Mike Bibby
SG - Joe Johnson
SF - Maurice Evans
PF - Josh Smith
C - Al Horford

m26555
05-03-2009, 04:52 PM
Like I said earlier; very bad matchup for Cleveland...

Yung N Fly
05-03-2009, 04:59 PM
I dont know why but I think the Hawks might surprise many in this series, dont sleep on them.

m26555
05-03-2009, 05:01 PM
I dont know why but I think the Hawks might surprise many in this series, dont sleep on them.
Yep.

They have all of the ingredients needed to beat Cleveland. They have good shooters and guys who can penetrate, plus good rebounders and defenders. Atlanta is going to be very physical with LeBron and give him A LOT of problems.

I don't know if the Hawks will win, but I think this series is going seven.

Hawkalicious
05-03-2009, 05:32 PM
While I agree with this, we are pretty banged up right now with Horford and Williams not at 100%. I will say Cavs in six.

MiamiHeat
05-03-2009, 05:34 PM
Cavs in 4

JordansBulls
05-03-2009, 05:37 PM
This series will go 7

BTownTeamsRKing
05-03-2009, 05:46 PM
just want to say that I been saying all along ATL is going to cause trouble these playoffs. I believe in their ability to play tough, play gritty, and pull a couple upsets.

i got cleveland in 7.

This series will be nasty. there will be a lot of fighting and a lot of nastiness by the time this is over. Josh Smith and Zaza will give the cavs hell with their annoyingness.

its going to be war.

Hawkalicious
05-03-2009, 05:52 PM
Cavs in 4

lmao at this clown... Go relax, man.


Anyways, I hope the Hawks and Heat have started a rivalry going into next year... It will make the boards that much more fun.

Hawkeye15
05-03-2009, 05:58 PM
Cavs in 5. I think the Hawks will give them trouble in Atlanta, but Cleveland is rested, healthy, focused, and just plays way too strong on defense to let the Hawks do anything to them.

MiamiHeat
05-03-2009, 06:04 PM
lmao at this clown... Go relax, man.


Anyways, I hope the Hawks and Heat have started a rivalry going into next year... It will make the boards that much more fun.

how am i a clown?
I think they will get swept is my own opinion

Cavs are focus on winning the championship, they are well rested, they have lebron and you guys don't so I don't see why saying Cavs in 4 is so ridiculous

IRUAM #21
05-03-2009, 06:13 PM
Cavs in 6. Hawks will give them a good run though.

what54!?
05-03-2009, 06:33 PM
lets go cavs. :clap: I got them in 6. The hawks are tough at home but not so tough on the road

m26555
05-03-2009, 07:28 PM
Cavs in 5. I think the Hawks will give them trouble in Atlanta, but Cleveland is rested, healthy, focused, and just plays way too strong on defense to let the Hawks do anything to them.
Boston was better last year than Cleveland is this year, and the Hawks took the Celtics to seven games last season. Plus, this year's Atlanta team is better than last season's. I highly doubt the Hawks "won't do anything" to the Cavaliers. This is going to be a dogfight.

Hawkalicious
05-03-2009, 07:35 PM
how am i a clown?
I think they will get swept is my own opinion

Cavs are focus on winning the championship, they are well rested, they have lebron and you guys don't so I don't see why saying Cavs in 4 is so ridiculous

Its not just that post that I'm referring to, and you know it. You have every right to say whatever you want, I'm just saying that your dislike for the Hawks factored into the fact that you say they will be swept.

NBA_Starter
05-03-2009, 07:36 PM
Cavs in 5.

SB75
05-03-2009, 08:34 PM
This will be a tough one for us. We'd much rather play Orlando or Boston. LeBron poses match up problems for every body in the NBA. Without Marvin we are no exception to that rule. We do have an advantage at the 2 and 4. We will need both Joe and Josh to play up to their talent. It's a wash at center, and Clev has the advantage at 1 and 3. I have to pick my Hawks because their my team and I won't go against my team. If we happen to loose a good series to LeBron and company, I can hold my head high as I think the winner of this series will represent the East in the finals. Lets Go Hawks!!!! But I give credit when it's due LeBron is the MVP and best player in the NBA.

Lakersfan2483
05-03-2009, 08:48 PM
This series will go at least 6 games, I think Cleveland will win, but Atlanta will definitely make it diffuclt on them. It's going to be much different for Cleveland as opposed to that cakewalk against a pathetic Pistons' team.

Kakaroach
05-03-2009, 09:48 PM
Cavs will win this series, but it could go from anywhere from 5-7 games. Hawks win at least one, and with that home crowd, they could potentially win all 3 games in Atlanta.

Bring The Heat
05-03-2009, 10:14 PM
The Hawks deserve alittle more respect than a sweep....I think the Cavs will win in six... who knows we will see how good Cleveland really is now

still1ballin
05-03-2009, 10:18 PM
Atlanta can pull off a win or two. They have a good chance in stealing the first game due lack of playing games by the Cavs

Kenny
05-03-2009, 10:42 PM
Boston was better last year than Cleveland is this year, and the Hawks took the Celtics to seven games last season. Plus, this year's Atlanta team is better than last season's. I highly doubt the Hawks "won't do anything" to the Cavaliers. This is going to be a dogfight.

You give us all this ******** but you fail to mention the cavs took them to the final minute down a pt in game 7 last year.. This was a cavs team that is 21 games better in the standings then last year...

lakers4sho
05-03-2009, 10:59 PM
If Cleveland doesn't win in 5 games, it will go 7 games.

BTownTeamsRKing
05-03-2009, 11:34 PM
Boston was better last year than Cleveland is this year, and the Hawks took the Celtics to seven games last season. Plus, this year's Atlanta team is better than last season's. I highly doubt the Hawks "won't do anything" to the Cavaliers. This is going to be a dogfight.

vick style.

i agree with what your saying. i think ATL is going to get under the skin of the cavs. they have a nasty attitude that shines through when they face the top teams. guys like zaza, horford, and josh smith will be looken for confrentation

PartyManPat
05-03-2009, 11:43 PM
I hope the Hawks win but they are gonna have to play their best and still probably need the cav's to have a couple off games:pray:

AllTheWay
05-04-2009, 01:10 AM
Da Cavs in 7.

TriberForLifer
05-04-2009, 01:28 AM
Hawks very talented and athletic - much better than Pistons. I pick the Cavs in no more than six, but that's because I think they're that much better than them. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to see it 2-2 going into Game 5 in Cleveland. But that's when having one of the best players (if not the best) helps take things to another level.

Norg
05-04-2009, 01:50 AM
iam also thinking cavs in 4 iam serious LOL no disprespect to to ATL they will battle but there battle will simply not be good enough

JayW_1023
05-04-2009, 05:08 AM
The Hawks are dangerous because of their versatility. Cleveland is gonna get their hands full. The big X-Factor will be Flip Murray, a dangerous scorer off the bench for Atlanta. Mark my words, that guy will have a huge game sooner or later.

I still pick Cleveland in a tough seven game series.The reason, who else? LeBron James is just too good...it won't take long for his competitive juices to flow and once he goes his team follows.

Hawkalicious
05-04-2009, 09:43 AM
If Cleveland doesn't win in 5 games, it will go 7 games.

Thats exactly what I was thinking.

todu82
05-04-2009, 10:17 AM
Cleveland in 6.

Mr.ATLHawks
05-04-2009, 11:41 AM
Atlanta in 7. sorry cant go against my boys and the odds are stacked against them. Cleveland is similar playing style to Atlanta that is why they play each other close. Clevelands Frontcourt is deeper with Bib Z, Big Ben, Varajeo and the addition of Joe Smith. Cleveland has fire power off the bench with Gibson, Wally, and Pavlovic. Atlanta MUST start on the defensive end and get into transition and their C must fly up and down the court when Big Z is out there. atlanta will rely heavily on their transition game b/c in the half court I think they will not be very effective. Delonte and Lebron are both great defenders, Mo williams not so great. Joe Johnson will have to go above and beyond this series b/c Lebron will probably be guarding him.

Atlanta needs to focus on getting the ball in the post with Josh smith, Zaza or Big Al. IMO this is the best oppurtunity for them in the half court. Joe Johnson will not put up 25+ on Lebron James. So its going to come down to how well Bibby Josh and the role players play. i would like to ATL go small here and start Flip over Maurice I think it would play better in their matchups and create a little more offense.

The Refs will also be key in this series b/c ATL is only 8 deep and if the bigs start getting into foul trouble Cleveland is going to run away.

tr4shb0t
05-04-2009, 12:00 PM
I get the feeling that this will not be a very entertaining series. I think most of the games will be blowouts and not very close. The Hawks are just too emotional and they have a couple players that bring bad vibes to the team when something bad happens. I do feel like they could win 1 game or maybe even 2 at home if they can contain themselves for a full 48 minutes and hit some good shots.

tribecavsbrowns
05-04-2009, 12:24 PM
I'm just ready to get this series started. It's been so long since the Cavs have played. People in Cleveland are getting bored!

Mr.ATLHawks
05-04-2009, 12:46 PM
I get the feeling that this will not be a very entertaining series. I think most of the games will be blowouts and not very close. The Hawks are just too emotional and they have a couple players that bring bad vibes to the team when something bad happens. I do feel like they could win 1 game or maybe even 2 at home if they can contain themselves for a full 48 minutes and hit some good shots.

I dont mind the emotion. The Hawks play better when they are emotionally charged. Especially Josh Smith and Zaza everyone else really contains themselves pretty well i think. Mike Woodson is in charge of keeping these emotions, if it turns negative, at bay. He will have to coach alot better then he has IMO. make adjustments and capitalize on the Cavs weaknesses, the few that they have. and we all know these weaknesses change from game to game so constant adjustments must be made.

J-Relo
05-04-2009, 12:54 PM
Boston was better last year than Cleveland is this year, and the Hawks took the Celtics to seven games last season. Plus, this year's Atlanta team is better than last season's. I highly doubt the Hawks "won't do anything" to the Cavaliers. This is going to be a dogfight.

no C's weren't better than Cavs are now...

JayW_1023
05-04-2009, 01:03 PM
If Wade can take ATL to 7 games with a mediocre supporting cast around him...LBJ probably will have better results with a really good supporting cast around him.

J-Relo
05-04-2009, 01:08 PM
why suddenly Hawks became such a big contender?

ye they match great with Cavs, but we can look from the other angle too...

ye they have great defenders, great shooters, but Cavs have them even better...

I like how Josh Smith and JJ play but theyre nowhere near Lebron...

MJ-BULLS
05-04-2009, 01:22 PM
gonna be tough for the hawks but i have them winning only 2 games the cavs are just to good

championships
05-04-2009, 01:56 PM
Like I said earlier; very bad matchup for Cleveland...

I hope your right. Unfortunately, I think the Cavs win in four or five and get more rest:mad:. I know damn well Cavs will get all the calls at home. Lebron will get the foul call everytime someone on the Hawks sneeze on him.

MoJay
05-04-2009, 02:35 PM
For some reason I'm one of the few who believe the hawks can take this, I just feel an upset, hawks in 6

bahama0811
05-04-2009, 02:40 PM
I think Cavs in 5. The LeBron's are just gonna be way too much for the Hawks

IversonIsKrazy
05-04-2009, 04:05 PM
i got Cavs in 6. Cavs will go up 2-0, then 2-2 as ATL will win close game 3 & 4. Cavs dominate in game 5, and win a close 1 to prove that they can win in the A. Cavs in 6.

BTownTeamsRKing
05-04-2009, 06:33 PM
for ATL to win this, they need to win every home game and take one on the road. as soon as they lose at home, they are done.

game 1 is their best shot. the cavs dk the hawks well and they could surprise them and steal game 1. plus the cavs could be rusty from the long time off. ATL is never tired and is always ready to run fastbreak the entire game.

cmstophe
05-04-2009, 07:03 PM
The Hawks have a tiny tiny chance of winning, but as someone else said they'd have to win Game 1.

And they won't. You can play the "Cavs will be rusty card" all you want, but they will also be RESTED...and LeBron James will be coming off an MVP presentation, so he will be fired up and so will his team. Bad news for the Hawks tomorrow.

Cavs in 6, at the most. My gut says 5.

Lebron23
05-04-2009, 07:26 PM
Without Marvin Williams

Cavaliers are going to win this series in 5 games.

AMC31
05-04-2009, 08:13 PM
http://www.homedepot.ca/wcsstore/HomeDepotCanada/images/catalog/15460.ProfessionalHeavy-DutyCornBroom_4.jpg Cavs in 4, I think atlanta is a good team, but with Horford and Williams hurt idk, so sorry hawks...

Lebron23
05-05-2009, 03:32 AM
Rockets just defeated the Lakers today. Cavs should never underestimate the Atlanta Hawks, and they must be 100% focus in this series.

Expect a huge game from LeBron, Williams, Ilgauskas and West.

JordansBulls
05-05-2009, 11:43 AM
Hawks need to steal game 1 to have a shot.

what54!?
05-05-2009, 12:03 PM
Hawks need to steal game 1 to have a shot.
won't happen

JordansBulls
05-05-2009, 11:29 PM
Doesn't seem this will be too competitive.

TriberForLifer
05-06-2009, 12:42 AM
This is the Hawks team you people are saying the Cavs should be afraid of?! I know it's only Game 1 and all but come on!

cmstophe
05-06-2009, 01:32 AM
Cavs will rock and roll in Game 2 as well.

It's Games 3 and 4 that the Cavs are in danger of losing. You'll see.

go_brock_lesnar
05-06-2009, 02:36 AM
clearly the Cavs are going all the way this year!

you guys actually thought the hawks posed a threat?

Hawkize31
05-06-2009, 02:57 AM
The only way this goes 7 games is if LeBron James decides that another long layoff would be bad going into the next round so they purposely lose three games and win game 7 by 30 points just to stay fresh.

Cavs are way too powerful for any team outside of Boston (healthy), Orlando, and Los Angeles, and they are perhaps too powerful for those teams too.

JordansBulls
05-07-2009, 04:14 PM
On paper it looks like Atlanta matches up but on the court it is whole different scenario.

JordansBulls
05-07-2009, 10:25 PM
Pretty much updated this already.

Lebron23
05-07-2009, 10:49 PM
Cleveland Basketball = Unstoppable.

still1ballin
05-07-2009, 11:13 PM
Cleveland Basketball = Unstoppable.

Against the Hawks and Pistons!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!

:clap:

EddieB
05-07-2009, 11:14 PM
When is Cleveland going to play a real team???

Lebron23
05-07-2009, 11:15 PM
^^^Maybe the Rockets or Nuggets in the NBA Finals.

still1ballin
05-07-2009, 11:24 PM
^^^the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

fixed:eyebrow:

Hawkeye15
05-08-2009, 12:13 AM
I love Laker fans chiming in talking smack. Um, the Cavs finished the regular season strong, and are just killing teams. This isn't those meaningless games 3 months ago. And yes, the east is weaker. That means the Cavs are going to walk into the finals with barely a scratch, while whomever comes out of the west is going to be wartorn. Good luck beating Cleveland. Have you watched them play recently? They toy with teams. They are sick

TriberForLifer
05-08-2009, 12:16 AM
I don't care if they're playing Oak Hill and St. Vincent-St. Mary ... the Cavs are taking care of business and it's in more than impressive fashion.

People start talking their yang about how the Hawks are going to give them a fight and then the Cavs tear them apart and it's like, 'Congrats, you're beating the Hawks.'

This series won't go five if Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams and Al Horford are all out.

still1ballin
05-08-2009, 12:25 AM
I love Laker fans chiming in talking smack. Um, the Cavs finished the regular season strong, and are just killing teams. This isn't those meaningless games 3 months ago. And yes, the east is weaker. That means the Cavs are going to walk into the finals with barely a scratch, while whomever comes out of the west is going to be wartorn. Good luck beating Cleveland. Have you watched them play recently? They toy with teams. They are sick

Killing teams? Killing the Pistons and Hawks is impressive to you? Actually it is not a good thing for them to have a cake walk to the finals, because when they in fact face an elite team, they are not gonna know what hit them. Cavs did not do good this season against elite teams, so it is good to be tested early in the playoffs to see where you are at.

EddieB
05-08-2009, 12:32 AM
killing teams? Killing the pistons and hawks is impressive to you? Actually it is not a good thing for them to have a cake walk to the finals, because when they in fact face an elite team, they are not gonna know what hit them. Cavs did not do good this season against elite teams, so it is good to be tested early in the playoffs to see where you are at.

lmao the suns can beat the pistons and hawks

still1ballin
05-08-2009, 12:34 AM
lmao the suns can beat the pistons and hawks

Hell yeah, and yet people are praising the Cavs because they are dominated.

avsman05
05-08-2009, 12:36 AM
two blow outs in Cleveland. Lets see how they do in Atlanta, Atlanta is horrible on the road and amazing at home.....

I still think Cleveland is too good though, Atlanta will probably get swept.

JordansBulls
05-08-2009, 08:24 AM
Don't forget Boston killed Atlanta in Boston last year every game.

Game 1 April 20 Atlanta Hawks 81 Boston Celtics 104
Game 2 April 23 Atlanta Hawks 77 Boston Celtics 96
Game 5 April 30 Atlanta Hawks 85 Boston Celtics 110
Game 7 May 4 Atlanta Hawks 65 Boston Celtics 99




These were the games in Atlanta

Game 3 April 26 Boston Celtics 93 Atlanta Hawks 102
Game 4 April 28 Boston Celtics 92 Atlanta Hawks 97
Game 6 May 2 Boston Celtics 100 Atlanta Hawks 103

Kenny
05-08-2009, 12:49 PM
Killing teams? Killing the Pistons and Hawks is impressive to you? Actually it is not a good thing for them to have a cake walk to the finals, because when they in fact face an elite team, they are not gonna know what hit them. Cavs did not do good this season against elite teams, so it is good to be tested early in the playoffs to see where you are at.

Didnt the hawks split the season series with the lakers.. Atlanta is a good basketball team, also they have more playoff experience this year.. It's not that the cavs are winning but its the way there winning..

still1ballin
05-08-2009, 02:09 PM
Didnt the hawks split the season series with the lakers.. Atlanta is a good basketball team, also they have more playoff experience this year.. It's not that the cavs are winning but its the way there winning..

The season is one thing, the playoffs is another. It is a luxury to play a Pistons team 4 games below .500, a team that didn't care to win, and then to play a injured Hawks team. Horford is not 100%, Marvin Williams is not 100% and now their best player is not 100%.

Look at the Lakers, they swept the season series against the Rockets, but the rockets from the season are not the same as the rockets now. Don't you think we can sweep them easily and win by an average of 15 pts each game?

This year it kinda reminds me of the year when Cavs went to the finals against the spurs. They played a injured wizards team, missing 2 of their star players in the first round, playing against a 41-41 Nets team in the second round and in the ECF they played against an OKAY pistons team....when they went against a real test, a real elite team in the finals...what was the result? a sweep! Not saying that is going to happen, but it is always good to have a challenge early in the playoffs and not have a cake walk through.

TheChosenOne88
05-08-2009, 04:07 PM
The season is one thing, the playoffs is another. It is a luxury to play a Pistons team 4 games below .500, a team that didn't care to win, and then to play a injured Hawks team. Horford is not 100%, Marvin Williams is not 100% and now their best player is not 100%.

Look at the Lakers, they swept the season series against the Rockets, but the rockets from the season are not the same as the rockets now. Don't you think we can sweep them easily and win by an average of 15 pts each game?

This year it kinda reminds me of the year when Cavs went to the finals against the spurs. They played a injured wizards team, missing 2 of their star players in the first round, playing against a 41-41 Nets team in the second round and in the ECF they played against an OKAY pistons team....when they went against a real test, a real elite team in the finals...what was the result? a sweep! Not saying that is going to happen, but it is always good to have a challenge early in the playoffs and not have a cake walk through.

How do you consider the Hawks a cake walk? The Pistons I can understand, but not the Hawks and don't pull the injury card. Every elite team in the NBA has had to deal with injuries this season, its just a blessing that all the Cavs players are healthy (well except a few scrubs and Hickson). The Hawks are a very dangerous and tough team. They were taking it to the Cavs in the first quarter of both games and we were in BIG trouble the first game if we didn't make adjustments on D like keeping Josh Smith out of the paint and tightening up on Bibby. Joe Johnson has also been a non-factor against us which is a positive, so if the Hawks want to win game 3 someone needs to step up. I am not pulling for a sweep until I see how the Hawks play at home.

infamous
05-08-2009, 04:23 PM
Killing teams? Killing the Pistons and Hawks is impressive to you? Actually it is not a good thing for them to have a cake walk to the finals, because when they in fact face an elite team, they are not gonna know what hit them. Cavs did not do good this season against elite teams, so it is good to be tested early in the playoffs to see where you are at.

Joe and the Hawks are an impressive team imo. They manage to get the Heat and Boston (last year) to game 7. Then Boston went and embarrassed the Lakers in the Finals. Remember? :eyebrow:

TheChosenOne88
05-08-2009, 04:29 PM
The season is one thing, the playoffs is another. It is a luxury to play a Pistons team 4 games below .500, a team that didn't care to win, and then to play a injured Hawks team. Horford is not 100%, Marvin Williams is not 100% and now their best player is not 100%.

Look at the Lakers, they swept the season series against the Rockets, but the rockets from the season are not the same as the rockets now. Don't you think we can sweep them easily and win by an average of 15 pts each game?

This year it kinda reminds me of the year when Cavs went to the finals against the spurs. They played a injured wizards team, missing 2 of their star players in the first round, playing against a 41-41 Nets team in the second round and in the ECF they played against an OKAY pistons team....when they went against a real test, a real elite team in the finals...what was the result? a sweep! Not saying that is going to happen, but it is always good to have a challenge early in the playoffs and not have a cake walk through.

Also in case you haven't noticed, this is a COMPLETELY different team than our 07 Finals roster (the players in bold are still currently playing for the Cavs):

No.,Player,Pos,Ht,Wt,Birth Date,Exp,College
6,Shannon Brown,G,6-4,205,November 29, 1985,R,Michigan State University
1,Daniel Gibson,G,6-2,190,February 27, 1986,R,University of Texas at Austin
90,Drew Gooden,F,6-10,230,September 24, 1981,4,University of Kansas
32,Larry Hughes,G,6-5,184,January 23, 1979,8,Saint Louis University
11,Zydrunas Ilgauskas,C,7-3,238,June 5, 1975,8,
23,LeBron James,F,6-8,240,December 30, 1984,3,
19,Damon Jones,G,6-3,185,August 25, 1976,8,University of Houston
27,Dwayne Jones,F-C,6-11,250,June 9, 1983,1,Saint Joseph's University
24,Donyell Marshall,F,6-9,218,May 18, 1973,12,University of Connecticut
14,Ira Newble,F,6-7,220,January 20, 1975,6,Miami University
3,Sasha Pavlovic,G-F,6-8,220,November 15, 1983,3,
31,Scot Pollard,C,6-11,265,February 12, 1975,9,University of Kansas
20,Eric Snow,G,6-3,190,April 24, 1973,11,Michigan State University
17,Anderson Varejao,F,6-10,230,September 28, 1982,2,
4,David Wesley,G,6-0,190,November 14, 1970,13,Baylor University

Its not just our players that are different, it is also our team chemistry. They all enjoy playing with each other and feeding off of each others success. When someone goes down hard on the floor, whether it be LeBron or a scrub like Kinsey, the entire Cavs bench is going over to help him up. When someone takes a charge like Wally did in game 1 against the Hawks, the entire team is standing up applauding. I seriously have never seen a group of players who enjoy playing with each other as much as this current Cavs roster.

still1ballin
05-08-2009, 05:30 PM
Joe and the Hawks are an impressive team imo. They manage to get the Heat and Boston (last year) to game 7. Then Boston went and embarrassed the Lakers in the Finals. Remember? :eyebrow:

At least we didn't get swept in the finals.

still1ballin
05-08-2009, 05:32 PM
Also in case you haven't noticed, this is a COMPLETELY different team than our 07 Finals roster (the players in bold are still currently playing for the Cavs):

No.,Player,Pos,Ht,Wt,Birth Date,Exp,College
6,Shannon Brown,G,6-4,205,November 29, 1985,R,Michigan State University
1,Daniel Gibson,G,6-2,190,February 27, 1986,R,University of Texas at Austin
90,Drew Gooden,F,6-10,230,September 24, 1981,4,University of Kansas
32,Larry Hughes,G,6-5,184,January 23, 1979,8,Saint Louis University
11,Zydrunas Ilgauskas,C,7-3,238,June 5, 1975,8,
23,LeBron James,F,6-8,240,December 30, 1984,3,
19,Damon Jones,G,6-3,185,August 25, 1976,8,University of Houston
27,Dwayne Jones,F-C,6-11,250,June 9, 1983,1,Saint Joseph's University
24,Donyell Marshall,F,6-9,218,May 18, 1973,12,University of Connecticut
14,Ira Newble,F,6-7,220,January 20, 1975,6,Miami University
3,Sasha Pavlovic,G-F,6-8,220,November 15, 1983,3,
31,Scot Pollard,C,6-11,265,February 12, 1975,9,University of Kansas
20,Eric Snow,G,6-3,190,April 24, 1973,11,Michigan State University
17,Anderson Varejao,F,6-10,230,September 28, 1982,2,
4,David Wesley,G,6-0,190,November 14, 1970,13,Baylor University

Its not just our players that are different, it is also our team chemistry. They all enjoy playing with each other and feeding off of each others success. When someone goes down hard on the floor, whether it be LeBron or a scrub like Kinsey, the entire Cavs bench is going over to help him up. When someone takes a charge like Wally did in game 1 against the Hawks, the entire team is standing up applauding. I seriously have never seen a group of players who enjoy playing with each other as much as this current Cavs roster.

Where in my post did I say "this team" reminds me of.....
I said "this year" reminds me of....as in the scenerio that the Cavs are in. I know that they are two totally different teams.

Kenny
05-08-2009, 05:47 PM
At least we didn't get swept in the finals.

theres one big difference, the cavs had no business making the finals that year, Lebron had to carry them.. Last year the lakers were the favorites and didnt get it done

still1ballin
05-08-2009, 05:50 PM
theres one big difference, the cavs had no business making the finals that year, Lebron had to carry them.. Last year the lakers were the favorites and didnt get it done

Actually they did. The only team in the EC that was a threat to them was Pistons and thats it. Don't bring that crap that LeBron had to carry them. Look at the first two rounds and look at who they played. It was a joke.

NBA-FAN4EVER
05-08-2009, 07:43 PM
Actually they did. The only team in the EC that was a threat to them was Pistons and thats it. Don't bring that crap that LeBron had to carry them. Look at the first two rounds and look at who they played. It was a joke.

He's right though, that cavs team had no business being in the FInals over the Pistons that year. Lberon's amazing game 5 took the soul away from the Pistons and they couldn't recover in game 6.

The Lakers last season was picked by basically everyone to beat the celtics in the FInals in no more than 6 games. This was Fuelese by how easy the Lakers ran through the WEst (a hobbled Manu had something to do with this) and how much the celtics were challenged in the East ( 2, 7 game series). Celtics got the last laugh though.

here were the predictions going into the Boston/Laker finals lol

http://img126.imageshack.us/my.php?image=espnpicks6244e50.jpg

^^ROTFL

http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/2008/05/celtics-return-to-finals

^^Some people even picked the Lakers in 5 games lol

cmstophe
05-08-2009, 10:02 PM
Actually they did. The only team in the EC that was a threat to them was Pistons and thats it. Don't bring that crap that LeBron had to carry them. Look at the first two rounds and look at who they played. It was a joke.

Exactly. The Pistons were a much better team.

And they choked on LBJ's pole. It should have never happened. They should have beaten the Cavs.

JayW_1023
05-10-2009, 06:42 PM
Give Josh Smith the JR Rider Award for worst shot selection. How can a guy so talented be so clueless?

JordansBulls
05-11-2009, 09:46 PM
No comp for Cleveland.

Baller1
05-11-2009, 10:21 PM
Cavs are going all the way. Lebron is just unfair. I think he was made in a laboratory, there's no way that thing is human.

NBA_Starter
05-11-2009, 10:49 PM
I wonder how Coach Woodson feels about Jon Barry now!:)

TriberForLifer
05-11-2009, 10:52 PM
We can argue about how good (or bad) the Pistons and Hawks are/were this postseason until we're all blue in the face - and we probably will. But all that matters is this: We did what we were supposed to and we're in the conference finals after just eight games.

Next!

what54!?
05-11-2009, 10:55 PM
the king is dominating his court

Bring The Heat
05-11-2009, 10:58 PM
Cavaliers look like a championship team...everybody keeps taking away from what they are doing...they are dominating these teams by double digits...this team is peaking at the right time....whats up with these other fans hating? Man give props where its due...the cavs are whooping *** and playing fantastic basketball and making these teams look bad....The lakers on the other hand getting their butt spanked yesterday by a team w/o tracy and yao? thats not championship basketball...they better step it up....and they better watch out for Denver man that team is more than capable of taking down LA....

Kakaroach
05-11-2009, 11:22 PM
Sweep! Not a fun series at all. I was hoping for ATL to win at least one.

what54!?
05-11-2009, 11:27 PM
Sweep! Not a fun series at all. I was hoping for ATL to win at least one.
I wasn't :D

AMC31
05-11-2009, 11:58 PM
lmao at this clown... Go relax, man.


Anyways, I hope the Hawks and Heat have started a rivalry going into next year... It will make the boards that much more fun.

Now who Is the clown?

Lebron23
05-12-2009, 12:18 AM
Nice Series Hawks fans, and Congratulations to the Cavaliers for advancing in the Eastern Conference Finals.


Let's Go Cavs!!!!!!!!!! The only undefeated team in the 2009 NBA Playoffs.

AMC31
05-12-2009, 12:22 AM
Cavaliers look like a championship team...everybody keeps taking away from what they are doing...they are dominating these teams by double digits...this team is peaking at the right time....whats up with these other fans hating? Man give props where its due...the cavs are whooping *** and playing fantastic basketball and making these teams look bad....The lakers on the other hand getting their butt spanked yesterday by a team w/o tracy and yao? thats not championship basketball...they better step it up....and they better watch out for Denver man that team is more than capable of taking down LA....

You have they same exact thoughts as me lol

Lebron23
05-12-2009, 01:16 AM
ESPN Fast Facts



• The Cavaliers are the first team to start the playoffs 8-0 since the 2005 Heat.

• Only Oscar Robertson in 1963 averaged at least 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a single postseason. He did it through 12 games. Through eight games, James is on pace at 32.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 6.8 apg.

bahama0811
05-12-2009, 01:17 AM
Good series Cavs!!!

Lebron23
05-12-2009, 01:22 AM
Cavaliers look like a championship team...everybody keeps taking away from what they are doing...they are dominating these teams by double digits...this team is peaking at the right time....whats up with these other fans hating? Man give props where its due...the cavs are whooping *** and playing fantastic basketball and making these teams look bad....The lakers on the other hand getting their butt spanked yesterday by a team w/o tracy and yao? thats not championship basketball...they better step it up....and they better watch out for Denver man that team is more than capable of taking down LA....

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the best defensive team in the playoffs, but I would love to see the Cavs implement a Lock down Defense in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Defense is the key to the NBA Championship, and LeBron is simply the best player in the Regular Season and Playoffs.

:clap::clap::clap:

Hawkize31
05-12-2009, 02:25 AM
Actually they did. The only team in the EC that was a threat to them was Pistons and thats it. Don't bring that crap that LeBron had to carry them. Look at the first two rounds and look at who they played. It was a joke.

You mentioned that several times, and pointed out that the Wizards were injured and it was a cakewalk. And yet the Lakers can't beat the Rockets without Yao Ming. Fyi, without Yao, the Rockets couldn't come within 20 points of the Cavs in these playoffs.

As for not being impressed with the Cavs so far, I'd like to ask you what do the Cavs need to do to impress you?

They haven't lost. They win by double digits every time. Is it impossible for you to be impressed by a number one seed? Or would it only be impressive if they won by 20 points per game instead? Or 40? Don't blame the fact that they have played Detroit and Atlanta. Cleveland does not pick who their opponent will be. The only thing they can control is their own team, and I think they are doing a fantastic job. Truthfully, I think Laker fans were going to use that excuse no matter what. Lebron could go 50-15-10 every game and you guys could default to "look who it was against." Thats a copout.

TriberForLifer
05-12-2009, 01:08 PM
As for not being impressed with the Cavs so far, I'd like to ask you what do the Cavs need to do to impress you?

They haven't lost. They win by double digits every time. Is it impossible for you to be impressed by a number one seed? Or would it only be impressive if they won by 20 points per game instead? Or 40? Don't blame the fact that they have played Detroit and Atlanta. Cleveland does not pick who their opponent will be. The only thing they can control is their own team, and I think they are doing a fantastic job. Truthfully, I think Laker fans were going to use that excuse no matter what. Lebron could go 50-15-10 every game and you guys could default to "look who it was against." Thats a copout.


:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

AMC31
05-12-2009, 03:54 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

+1

theimortalone
05-12-2009, 04:44 PM
You mentioned that several times, and pointed out that the Wizards were injured and it was a cakewalk. And yet the Lakers can't beat the Rockets without Yao Ming. Fyi, without Yao, the Rockets couldn't come within 20 points of the Cavs in these playoffs.

As for not being impressed with the Cavs so far, I'd like to ask you what do the Cavs need to do to impress you?

They haven't lost. They win by double digits every time. Is it impossible for you to be impressed by a number one seed? Or would it only be impressive if they won by 20 points per game instead? Or 40? Don't blame the fact that they have played Detroit and Atlanta. Cleveland does not pick who their opponent will be. The only thing they can control is their own team, and I think they are doing a fantastic job. Truthfully, I think Laker fans were going to use that excuse no matter what. Lebron could go 50-15-10 every game and you guys could default to "look who it was against." Thats a copout.

Amazing post! :clap:

TheChosenOne88
05-12-2009, 04:48 PM
You mentioned that several times, and pointed out that the Wizards were injured and it was a cakewalk. And yet the Lakers can't beat the Rockets without Yao Ming. Fyi, without Yao, the Rockets couldn't come within 20 points of the Cavs in these playoffs.

As for not being impressed with the Cavs so far, I'd like to ask you what do the Cavs need to do to impress you?

They haven't lost. They win by double digits every time. Is it impossible for you to be impressed by a number one seed? Or would it only be impressive if they won by 20 points per game instead? Or 40? Don't blame the fact that they have played Detroit and Atlanta. Cleveland does not pick who their opponent will be. The only thing they can control is their own team, and I think they are doing a fantastic job. Truthfully, I think Laker fans were going to use that excuse no matter what. Lebron could go 50-15-10 every game and you guys could default to "look who it was against." Thats a copout.

Well said :clap: