The schedule for the NBA Playoffs is out. This is the year Cleveland Cavalier fans get their vengeance on all the Michael Jordan memories that were thrust upon them.
Game 1 – Saturday, April 17th, 3pm at Cleveland
Game 2 – Monday, April 19th, 8pm at Cleveland
Game 3 – Thursday, April 22nd, 8pm at Chicago
Game 4 – Sunday, April 25th, 330pm at Chicago
Game 5 – Tuesday, April 27th at Cleveland (if needed)
Game 6 – Thursday, April 29th at Chicago (if needed)
Game 7 – Saturday, May 1st at Cleveland (if needed)
Bring it on!
Back when this site was on the SBNation network, we made a concerted effort to stick to all things Buckeyes, and not write about other teams, college or pro. The network had blogs from just about every team/sport out there, so we thought that writing about topics that weren’t related to Ohio State would be the equivalent of stepping on someone else’s turf.
Three things have happened since we agreed to that stance.
1) We’re not on the network anymore.
2) It’s spring, and there’s less OSU topics to cover daily.
3) I have an exclusive contract with Fox Sports Ohio and can’t discuss Buckeye football here, and I wanna write, dammit.
So I hereby change that policy. The BBC is a Buckeye-centered blog, but we’ll discuss whatever the hell we want from now on. When the Buckeye news hits, we’ll be all over it….but we’re going to expand the horizons a bit, too.
With that, comes discussion of the Cleveland Cavaliers (yay).
Tonight, the Cavs take on Atlanta is a virtually meaningless game. Cleveland has secured the #1 seed, and there is nothing left to gain. Same thing goes for the Hawks and their #3 slot being solid. This is the time for the main superstars to get some rest and prepare for Game 1 of the first round.
So, even though Shaquille O’Neal is activated and ready to play again, we won’t see him tonight. Same thing for LeBron James. I’m willing to bet that the rest of the starters get about 20 minutes in before they hit the bench.
The only genuine interest in the NBA tonight comes from two other teams. If Chicago wins tonight at Charlotte, the Bulls get the 8th seed and will be our first-round playoff opponent. If Chicago loses, and the Toronto Raptors win at home against the Knicks, we’ll play Toronto in the first round.
If both Chicago and Toronto lose, we get the Bulls.
The playoffs begin Saturday, but we’ll see when our first game is sometime tomorrow. If it’s against Chicago, expect a Sunday 1pm or 330pm tipoff. More potential viewers will give us the prime Sunday time slot.
Frankly, I want the Bulls. The perfect playoff run is being setup for us, and I want it.
Round 1 – Chicago. Revenge for all those Michael Jordan nightmares
Round 2 – Boston. They’re the 4th seed and in line to face us in the Conference Semifinals. Revenge for two years ago.
Round 3 – Orlando. Do I need to explain the revenge factor?
The Finals – L.A. Lakers. Let’s settle this once and for all.
The Finals – San Antonio. Revenge for 2007.
Either way, this weekend begins the quest for what Clevelanders deserve. A championship.
While you’re waiting….here’s a present for Cavalier fans everywhere. Rasheed Wallace scored on his own basket last night with nobody around him. Savor it. Nom nom nom.
You knew that adding Shaq to the Cleveland Cavaliers would make the team more relaxed and fun to play with….but they’re making it fun for US to watch too.
Last night, they went throwback to their 80s uniforms, and they put together this little pre-game video for the Phoenix game. Enjoy
10:16pm – Winding it down. Stretches of success, stretches of failure. This was a playoff game without the playoff atmosphere.
10:12pm – Cavs going to lose their opening game for the second year in a row to Boston, have lost 5 of the 7 openers in LeBron James era. Have lost at least two of their first three games in 5 of last 6 years.
10:11pm – Son of a bitch, Parker. Catch the ball.
10:09pm – I’m not sure how Pierce gets away with shoving Mo Williams to the floor, but he just did. Cavs down 6 with 1 minute left.
10:07pm – Two minutes left, pulls within 4 points!
10:06pm – Pierce gets his fifth foul trying to murder LeBron.
10:05pm – As it looks right now, the supporting cast is not pulling their weight. Anthony Parker is 3-for-9 from the field. Still have a shot
10:03pm – Uh, ohhhh, Shaq’s first FTs of his Cavalier career. Clank, clank.
10:00pm – Yes, LeBron palmed that ball. But if you’re going to call that, then you’ve GOT to call three steps on Pierce and Allen.
9:58pm – It’s LeBron time! 3-pointer brings us to within four!
9:55pm – Sweet Jesus, I hate Paul Pierce
9:54pm – Chances to get closer being wasted. We need one more burst to win this. 6 minutes remain in a five-point game.
9:52pm – Z hits two FTs, within 5 now!
9:47pm – Crowd very quiet, almost waiting for a reason to get excited.
9:42pm – Z finally scores a FG, but the defense overall is lagging again. Fresh Shaq and LeBron on the floor for the stretch.
9:38pm – It’s only three-quarters of one game, but Zydrunas is officially the Derek Anderson of the Cavaliers. Can’t pass, refuses to score, looks scared with the ball.
9:34pm – The difference in the past 6 minutes has been defense. Boston was shooting 57%, now down to 48%. Boston has missed 8 of their last 10 shots and only has three FGs in the last 9 minutes of play.
9:33pm – Cavs turn a 15-point deficit into a 7-point one in half a quarter. Looking better….here comes the 4th!
9:29pm – LeBron’s first “and-one” brings us to within 9… but not 8.
9:27pm – Watching Ilgauskas exclusively, and it’s very very ugly. He has no speed to return to his player when he jumps off the screen.
9:25pm – LeBron takes over again! Blocks another layup and then buries a three! DEEP at the Q!
9:24pm – Mo Williams has arisen
9:23pm – Z refuses to jump and doesnt get the rebound because of it
9:20pm – Oh, shit here comes Z
9:18 pm- Replays at The Q show Allen took three steps to the hoop and got the foul call for him.
9:14pm – Back to within ten points. The defense has stepped up again and forced three turnovers by Boston in four possessions. 5-0 run brings them to within 62-52.
9:12pm – Shaq’s first dunk as a Cav
9:10pm – Shaq is not working to the rim anymore. He’s getting the ball and shooting too quickly. Kendrick Perkins has only one foul, because he’s not being forced to foul.
9:07pm – Celtics on a run of 54-26. No excuse for that at all.
9:06pm – Boston shooting 57 percent from the field.
9:05pm – Now its getting embarrassing. No defense whatsoever. When a guy like Rajon freaking Rondo can get to the rim with his head intact, it’s ridiculous.
9:04pm – Mo Williams trying to do too much, ends up turning it over. The rhythm is gone for now.
9:03pm – Garnett tastes floorboard, crowd loves it.
9:01pm – Third quarter about to begin, usually our worst period. Maybe we transferred that to the second quarter for this game? One can only hope, as we were outscored by 13 in the 2nd.
8:55pm – Only two players shooting over 50% for Cleveland – Shaq and LeBron.
8:46pm – LeBron with 14 points, no other Cav in double digits (earlier report of Shaq with 10 was wrong). Mo Williams struggling with his shot, but his defense has been good. We’re allowing over 51% shooting from Boston, and 78% from 3-point land. Adjustments need to be made, and fast.
8:40pm – Officiating crew, in an attempt to be correct, have failed. They called a conference, then called a foul on Moon (before the travel was called), but failed to recognize that if the foul is called, it’s not a shooting situation. Pierce gets two free points. Cavs failing down the stretch and have a horrible second quarter, down by six at the half.
8:29pm – Now it’s looking like the playoff game all the pundits said it would. Shaq has ten points, LeBron with 13. Celtics hitting 3s at a 75% clip, keeping them in the game. Tied at 44, 2 minutes left in the half.
8:25pm – Regarding Jamario Moon – Never mind.
8:20pm – Boston decided not to run away from the early deficit. The Cavs are not in sync at the moment, and a couple of ill-advised shots haven’t fallen. Meanwhile, the typical “close my eyes, throw it in the air, and bitch at the ref” strategy by Pierce is working for him.
8:18pm – Now it’s a game again. Tied at 34, but the starters are all back on the floor.
8:14pm – Yes, Varejao has a better FT % than Ray Allen
8:09pm – Jamario Moon can’t hold onto the ball inside, and shoots like Wally Szczerbiak outside. The bad Wally Szczerbiak. Cavs lead about to disappear. Get Z and Moon on the bench and get the flow back on the floor.
8:07pm – Ilgauskas is a liability again
8:00pm – Cavs lead at the end of the first quarter by only 7 points. Celtics made a run against second-teamers mostly. Not impressed with Ilgauskas or Jamario Moon yet. One key factor is that LeBron doesn’t HAVE to take over a game anymore. Multiple players to help out with the offense, potentially. However, the Celtics are back in the game and the early burst has ended. The 14-point lead is cut in half.
7:52pm – When are players going to learn that if LeBron is within twenty feet of a layup, you’re not going to score? Even Boobie Gibson is looking sharp. Cavs keeping a double-digit lead on a surging Boston team.
7:48pm – Celtics on a little run, Shaq looking AWESOME.
7:38pm – Cavaliers have a flow, momentum, they look relaxed and calm. Celtics can’t find a rhythm and looked pissed. Pierce hasn’t even tried a shot yet and the Cavs are dominating. 13-2 good guys already!
7:33pm – Here we go!!
7:25pm – I’m thinking the fans are going to let out a LOT of frustration from months of suffering over the Indians/Browns. The Cavs will be the recpients of a warm, overdue reception tonight, ALL night.
7:10pm – Glen “Big Baby” Davis not playing (for a long time). Surgery today on a broken thumb, then discussion of being suspended by the Celtics for misconduct. Davis wasn’t a main cog, but he was a big part of the backup that got Boston through their injury stage last year. It will hurt having him out.
Quicken Loans Arena filled up in a hurry tonight and the fans are LOUD already. Updates throughout the night….
Subtitled – “Thank God for LeBron James”
The Major League Baseball season is wrapping up at the end of next week, and much to my chagrin, The BBC hasn’t discussed the Cleveland Indians much at all this season. Truth is, I WANT to have the Tribe be a regular discussion at The BBC…but I can’t see why I would spend time, effort, and bandwidth writing about a team that clearly doesn’t care about my enjoyment of their own baseball club. I’m not going to be covering them and promoting them until I feel pride for them again.
I honestly can say that since they traded Victor Martinez, I have not watched a single inning of Indians’ baseball, nor do I plan to.
But I’m watching the standings right now, and it is for one reason only.
Will the Cleveland Indians win more games this year than the Cleveland Cavaliers did last year?
I say no. The Cavaliers ended the 2008-2009 season with a 66-16 record. 66 wins is a LOT for an NBA team (since they play only 82 games a year), not so much for a MLB franchise (162 games a year).
The Indians have 13 games left in their season, and they stand at 61-88. Their remaining games are littered with teams that must win, and will therefore take the games more seriously than the Tribe.
Tonight they start a three-game set with Detroit, who are in first place of the Central Division, but only by 2.5 games over Minnesota.
Friday begins a 3-game set against Baltimore, who is equally as bad as we are.
Monday starts a 3-game series against Chicago, who are fighting for a playoff spot but will likely be eliminated by the time they come to town.
Thursday, we travel to Boston for four games against the Red Sox, who will make the postseason, but want to do so as a division champ instead of the wild-card team they are now.
Can the Indians go 6-7 over their final 13 games and salvage the embarrassment of having their hometown NBA franchise earn more wins than them in 80 fewer games?
I doubt it.
Hell, I think I’m cheering against them.
Once again pitting our franchises against each other, I have to ask myself….who will win a game first this year, the Cleveland Browns or the Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Browns have a decided head-start for this question. They’ll play seven full games before the Cavs get underway at home on October 27th against Boston. But will they win before LeBron and Shaq, or will the Cavs again reign supreme? Here’s the Browns’ schedule;
Other than Cincinnati, I’m not holding ANY hope that this current Cleveland Browns team will win a single game before the Cavs have a chance on the court. Come to think of it, after watching Cinci beat Denver (save for a miracle tip) and take out Green Bay IN Lambeau, I’m not so sure we will win that one either.
In 35 days, the pain will be over and we can begin another quest for a title.
The Cavs picked up some HUGE bonuses in Shaquille O’Neal, Anthony Carter Parker, Leon Powe, and Jamario Moon. On October 27th, we will get to see how they fit into our game plan. And if you’re not excited for this era, then you’re not paying attention.
We will get further into discussion of the Cavaliers as their season approaches, and we will cover them wall-to-wall as they gun for an NBA Finals trophy. And to help you get geared up for the 2009-2010 season, here’s the trailer for “More Than A Game”, premiering in Cleveland on October 2nd.
I can’t wait for that film, and I can’t wait for the season.
Dear LeBron and Company – please save us from the current state of Cleveland sports. We can at least believe in you!
No, we’re not planning to drive down to Florida and beat up Ralph Decker. Despite the heavy traffic coming from EDSBS and others who claim The BBC is on a mission to hunt him down, we’ve actually made it clear that we want the law (and not vigilante justice) to prevail…and we have refused to post any private information, even deleting his address when it popped up in the comments.
No, instead we’re planning a road trip up North. TSUN, to be exact. A full weekend of football.
Can you taste it now? Road trip to Michigan, third week of November. All are welcome, into the light. Allllll are welcome.
I’m thinking by then, the Buckeyes will be looking to secure another BCS bid, Michigan will be wondering if Lllllloyd Carr is still available, and the Browns and Lions will be playing to lose and be declared the winner of the next NFL Draft, otherwise known as “Tebow-Bowl 2010″
Hell, if I’m feeling a little spry, I might even extend the weekend. Go up to Windsor, Ontario for a couple days of blackjack, come back down to Auburn Hills on Wednesday, November 25th to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Pistons.
Time and time again, as we watched the Eastern Conference Finals, we saw Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic hit shots from the outside. Two things often left my throat after he buried long shots.
1) Somebody GET ON HIM!
2) No way is this guy that good….he must be on something!
Turns out, I was right about both of them. The Cavs left that guy open way too much….and Lewis WAS on something. From ESPN;
All-Star forward Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for 10 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level, the NBA announced Thursday.
“First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty,” Lewis said in a statement released by the league. “Toward the end of the season I took an over-the-counter supplement which at the time I did not realize included a substance banned by the NBA.
Lewis didn’t realize that testosterone-based steroids were banned? Give us a break. You can’t “take full responsibility” unless you actually OWN UP to the wrongdoing. Claiming innocence is not accepting responsibility.
In the end, this means nothing for the city of Cleveland….but now we know what it took to defeat our Cavs.
It took cheating.
Last night I was sitting at the bar of a local restaurant, waiting to pick up the gf and hang out with her. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV set and was instead fiddling around with my cell phone. I had no idea what was on that TV, and I never had to look up, because a guy on the other side of the bar made his feelings known;
“Jesus Christ, they traded another one! I feel like it’s the fucking 80s again!”
I never looked up. I just knew. The Indians had traded the defending Cy Young Winner, Cliff Lee.
If you’re old like I am, then you know exactly what that guy meant when he shouted his displeasure across the room. Back in the 1980s, the Indians were well known as the official farm system of the Toronto Blue Jays. We traded away more talent every year (usually to the Blue Jays) and we got what is commonly known as “prospects” for our big-name athletes.
The 1980s got to be such a joke, that we used to go to Cleveland Municipal Stadium just for laughs….and we always got seats really close to the action because the place was empty. One day, my brother and I went up to the game just to see if Julio Franco, Willie Upshaw, Joe Carter and Ron Kittle would finally be placed in the lineup in the right order. That day, they finally were. The scoreboard showed the lineup as such
I’ll allow you a minute to look over that lineup carefully to see what we were looking for…..
See? It was funny, wasn’t it? True story.
To the best of my recollection, only one of those trades ever truly brought us a pack of prospects that would eventually work out for us, that trade being when we sent Joe Carter to Toronto and got Carlos Baerga and Sandy Alomar Jr in return. However, Carter got his World Series ring. But Sandy and Carlos did give our team a big turnaround.
The Indians have done it again with this recent bevy of trades concocted by Mark Shapiro and Larry Dolan. Dolan’s refusal to spend money, combined with Shapiro’s wholesale sweep of the clubhouse for guys who have the letters A, AA, and Triple-A in front of their positions have put us in another long-term down period.
Ryan Garko is gone. So is Mark DeRosa. Betancourt is no longer is session. Now Cliff Lee is gone. And that’s just this year. C.C. Sabathia was in uniform here one year ago.
To top it off, Victor Martinez is being shopped around.
Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that we lost a series to Seattle because Ben Francisco and Russell Branyan beat the crap out of us?
Enough is enough.
Dan Gilbert, if you’re reading this, please heed this call. Save this team and purchase it now. You’re a genius with our Cavaliers. Please buy the Cleveland Indians and turn them around. We’ll name the whole damn sports complex after you. We hated the named “Progressive Field” anyway (or as WFNY likes to call it, “Regressive Field”). Gilbert-ville is the first thing that comes to mind, but we can work on that.
Which reminds me….if Dolan claims to have no money to spend on guys like CC, then what happened to the money that Progressive spent on naming rights? Whatever.
Ready for a wake-up call? This team is in the dumper and trading away it’s starting lineup….and two years ago, we were one win away from the World Series. That’s how fast Dolan and Shapiro have killed this team.
The city of Cleveland has a long history of watching its’ baseball team get sent into the crapper by poor management and greedy ownership. The time has come to stop going to Indians games and take a stand. Wedge must go, Shapiro must go. Dolan must sell thsi team to an owner that doesn’t see it as merely an investment, but also as a source of pride.
Because that’s what the Indians mean to us…they are a source of pride for us.
Well, at least they used to be.