There's trouble in Mudville... now known as Cleveland, Ohio. The mighty King James has struck out! Somewhere all across Ohio, rabid Cavs fans, who were absolutely, positive that the cavs were headed for a title while barely breaking a sweat, are shaking their heads in stunned dismay.
In a shocker to everyone... except maybe the Magic... the Cavs were doubly defeated at home in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals. They lost both the game and the highly valuable, if questionable, home court advantage.
I didn't get to watch the game, but from all accounts
so far, the Magic put up a hell of a fight for a bunch of outside
shooting pansies. They scored 50 points in the paint and out rebounded
the Cavs. King James looked pretty good, but he was forced into the
role of jack-of-all-trades, doing it all while his teammates stood
around and watched. He needed a lot of attention by the trainers with cramps in his legs down the stretch
But, cheer up Cavs fans, it's too soon to be calling Dr Kevorkian out of retirement. It was only a one point loss. The rust factor had a lot to do with it I'm sure. And it should serve as a wake up call to the Cavs. They will need to take note that a worthy opponent has arrived. The playoffs have begun for real for the Cavs.
The Cavs should rebound well and win the second game before heading for Orlando... assuming they are as good as everyone thinks. But, now it's not important that they can win the game... they almost have to, absolutely, positively win game 2. The alternative is not something they want to face.
The Magic gave the Cavs plenty of trouble in the regular season and their performance in the first game of the series suggests they are still up to the task. Going back to Orlando with a tie... and maybe (gulp!) up 2-0, the Magic can only feel good about their chances.
Which, as luck would have it, is where I will be vacationing with friends! What are the odds of scoring a ticket for one of the games down there?!
Hey SI.com! Can I borrow a press pass. Free blogs if you can get me in.