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JordansBulls
07-23-2009, 08:21 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2008/series?series=boscle

Not only did the Celtics win 66 games, but the Cavs won 45 games and their best player played horrible for the first 6 games. How in the world could they take the Celtics 7 in that series?

Suns113
07-23-2009, 08:29 PM
his teammates stepped up

tr4shb0t
07-23-2009, 08:30 PM
refs

ink
07-23-2009, 08:40 PM
1. because stats don't tell everything
2. it's not an individual game

dodie53
07-23-2009, 08:41 PM
^^

i like ron's quote there.

ko8e24
07-23-2009, 08:42 PM
cuz Cavs acquired Ben Wallace and Wally Sczerbiak that season.


Who cares?? That was 2008. As NBA fans, we are now looking forward to the near future, and then, followed by the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

Vee-Rex
07-23-2009, 08:42 PM
1. Lebron was still a threat on the court. Although his performance wasn't all that good, he still had to be the primary focus on defense. Which leads to number 2:

2. Lebron's teammates hit big shots when open and when it counted.

3. Ray Allen was in one of his shooting slumps. Had Ray Allen been hitting shots like he was in the Finals or after halfway through the Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit, Cleveland probably would have only won one game.

dodie53
07-23-2009, 08:44 PM
refs

can i use that qoute as my sig?

TIA

heyman321
07-23-2009, 08:48 PM
Lebron.

madiaz3
07-23-2009, 09:03 PM
1. Lebron was still a threat on the court. Although his performance wasn't all that good, he still had to be the primary focus on defense. Which leads to number 2:

2. Lebron's teammates hit big shots when open and when it counted.

3. Ray Allen was in one of his shooting slumps. Had Ray Allen been hitting shots like he was in the Finals or after halfway through the Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit, Cleveland probably would have only won one game.

This. As bad as Lebron was doing, Ray Allen was playing disgusting (in the bad way.)

ARMIN12NBA
07-23-2009, 09:04 PM
His teammates picked up the slack by playing great defensively and making up for his shortcomings offensively.

cmellofan15
07-23-2009, 09:31 PM
Same way the Hawks did lol

jimbobjarree
07-23-2009, 09:34 PM
cus everyone takes Boston to 7 games...except the Lakers of course

MJ-BULLS
07-23-2009, 09:40 PM
because lebrons team mates steeped up and played great, and like jimbobjarree said everybody takes the celtics to game 7 :)

Grim Reaper
07-23-2009, 09:51 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2008/series?series=boscle

Not only did the Celtics win 66 games, but the Cavs won 45 games and their best player played horrible for the first 6 games. How in the world could they take the Celtics 7 in that series?


Their best player Lebron James didn't play horrible it was the Celtics defense that forced him to play horribly.

philab
07-24-2009, 01:04 AM
I don't know about the topic, but the Cavaliers' record last season is virtually irrelevant. First, that's a 50-win team if LeBron plays every game (0-8 without him). Second, there was a 12(?)-player trade midway through the season which gave Cleveland three new starters. The overall record isn't really indicative of much at all.

And I wouldn't be so quick to call it LeBron "struggling." Both teams played very, very tough defense that series. The offense on both sides was pretty ****ing ugly basically the whole series. Couple that with LeBron being the Cavaliers' entire offense (and thus the sole focus of the Boston defense) and add the fact that so much effort was exerted on the defensive side, and LeBron's "struggles" seem to be justifiable.

Chronz
07-24-2009, 03:08 AM
I dont have the #'s with me, but are you sure Bron struggled? In a defensive series, with a slow pace, raw per game stats tend to be underwhelming. But from what I saw, the team defense held both teams in check, Bron was still garnering so much attention Delonte was the main benificiary. He got better as the series went aong, and Ray Ray+Pierce were playing even worse than Bron.