May 14, 2010

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES BASKETBALL UNWATCHABLE... (profanity alert):

The Night the Cleveland Cavaliers Quit on Themselves: After an intimate season with Shaq, and a lifetime of longing, one man heads back to an off-season of sorrow — and bids LeBron good riddance (Scott Raab, 5/14/10, Esquire)

Most of the team — and this goes double for LeBron James — quit. They quit on their coach, quit on their fans, quit on each other, and quit on themselves. By the end of last night's game, they didn't even bother to pretend to care. Rather than risk a miracle, they stopped trying. They refused to foul and simply let the clock run out. Shaq by then was anchored to the bench with five fouls, his face utterly impassive.

...is that as time runs out the losing team is forced to foul on every possession so the conclusion takes forever. But watching the Cavs neither foul nor try to get off quick shots when they had the ball really did make it seem like they'd quit. It was especially odd because Doc Rivers, for reasons known only to him, had Ray Allen (as good a foul shooter as God made) on the bench and Rajon Rondo (who makes Shaq look like Rick Barry) handling the ball.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 14, 2010 11:43 AM
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