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Cavs-Pistons Second Round Playoff Series

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by crazybuckfan40, May 6, 2006.

  1. buckeyeboy

    buckeyeboy Still fortitudinous

    I'd settle for what Jordan had when he was with the Bulls. And for the record, Pippen is a pretty big "aside from," considering he was a 7 time all-NBA defensive team member, 7 time all-star, 7 time all-NBA, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. To suggest that the LeBron's supporting cast was even in the same ballpark as Jordan's is laughable in light of these facts alone.
     
  2. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    I’ve been on a business trip the past couple days so here’s my post series thoughts if anyone cares. My point about the Pistons starters getting worn down was accurate. After the first 2 games they weren’t the same team offensively, and it looks like they are going to have the same problem with the Heat unless they get one of those 3-4 day rests. IMO the Heat have too much depth for the tired Pistons. Back to the Cavs. Lebron suffered from the same problem that the Pistons starters had. Brown was playing him too many minutes. It didn’t help that Hughes didn’t play for four games so that Brown might have had more of an opportunity to rest Lebron (doubtful). Lebron came out strong at the beginning of game 7 but ran out of gas half way through. His shot was off for the last 3-4 game of the series and he even started to have trouble finishing around the hoop at the end. Next season Brown needs to find a way to get Lebron down around 40-42 minutes a game to keep him fresh. He needs to come up with a substitution pattern to get Lebron a couple rests a game. I.e. sit him for the first 2 minutes of the 2<SUP>nd</SUP> quarter, the last minute or so of the 3<SUP>rd</SUP>, and first minute or so of the 4<SUP>th</SUP>.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
    I love how the Cavs D stepped up in this series. That will be very helpful for next season. Mike Brown has said that he is going to look into an OC for next season which is going to help a lot as well. I’ll save my other thoughts for the Cavs post season thread.<o:p></o:p>
     
  3. I agree on LBJ's minutes. Especially during the regular season. If we lose a game or two b/c LBJ doesnt play all 48 minutes, what does it really matter.

    Then in the playoffs get him about 45 minutes a game, but hope they can get out of the first round with only having to play 4 or 5 games.
     
  4. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    But IIRC the Cavs were undefeated last season when Lebron didn't play. Maybe he's the problem. :wink:
    All kidding aside the rest of the players seemed to try harder when Lebron didn't play, probably because they knew the offense had to come from somewhere. The coaching staff needs to get the other 4 players to play like that all the time when Lebron is on the court. An OC will be helpful.
     
  5. couldnt agree more. LBJ would be that much more effective down the stretch if he got a couple breaks during the game, much like Phil always did with Jordan.
     
  6. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    In the light of which facts? The facts about Pippen? Of course, hence the sentence "aside from Jordan and Pippen" Did you comprehend that sentence wrong?

    Where was that suggested? I don't remember reading that. I know the record on Pippen, Einstein, save it for someone else.

    Sure, the supporting cast needs upgraded, nut not blown up like you seem to suggest. That was the only point.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2006
  7. I agree, the longer these guys stay togehter the better. Just add a piece or two maybe and go back at it next year. Much like the Pistons have been able to stay together and play team ball is what we need to strive for. It takes a rare type player to be able to come in and excel playing with LBJ right away, but after a year or two they can develop that chemistry, which is what we need to do.
     
  8. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    everytime the pistons begin to turn it on... they get hit wit a ton of fouls (mainly stupid ones... both on the part of the players and the zebras depending on the play).

    However, Dwayne Wade is absolutely unconscious. The shots he is nailing are incredible... Jordan has nothing on his jumpers tonight.

    edit: Wade is actually human... he finally missed something.
     

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