So a few hours have passed now and I have spackled all of the holes I made punching the drywall in my living room.
The game didn't start off so hot at first, especially when my girlfriend Tonya comes out wearing a green t-shirt, totally oblivious to the fact the Cavaliers were playing the Celtics. I made her march into the bedroom and change into something neutral.
The game got off to a terrible start, as the basket the Cavaliers were shooting at in the first quarter looked like it had a lid on it. Somewhere, Tim Donaghy was smiling. Because he is Irish and likes the Celtics...what were you thinking?
It was a tremendous battle between Paul Pierce and the C's and LeBron James and the Cavaliers. After watching this game, there should be a re-vote for NBA MVP. If you take Kevin Garnett off of the Celtics, they are still a decent team. You take Kobe off of the Lakers, especially after they acquired Pau Gasol, and they are still a solid club. Take Steve Nash off of the Suns and they still make the playoffs. If you took LeBron off of the Cavaliers, they're a lottery team. There is no more valuable player to his team, as the Cavs have a poor supporting cast.
Pierce could not miss. Several times I wished for him to stay down and hoped he would leave the game injured. He killed the Cavs. I also wished several crippling injuries on the officiating crew, including a stabbing in an alley and for the head ref to get caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting.
To be honest I am not the biggest basketball fan in the world. But I want to see my hometown of Cleveland do well. In something. Anything...
It is 44 years and counting since the last major championship in any sport. The Cavs made the NBA Finals last year which was nice...now, if they hope to get back again - and keep LeBron happy - they are going to have to get some sort of a second scoring option that is better than Delonte West and Daniel Gibson. Speaking of the latter, he was out with a separated shoulder and the club still came close.
The Cavaliers never could get over the hump - they threatened several times and one of the keys down the stretch was when Damon Jones missed a wide-open three and the Cavs couldn't hit key free throws. They never led once, although they did get within one in the last two minutes.
So close, but it wasn't meant to be. Congrats to the Celtics - and I truly do hope they beat the Pistons. I hate them. Give the people what they want...Celtics v. Lakers. It will make me feel like I am back in elementary school, too. Well, except for the part where I am drinking and watching the game at the sports bar and gambling on the games...