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Cavs Ready To Pick Up Where They Left Off

Tristan Thompson is a big part of this series. Also, I think Shawn Marion is going to step in and play a major part as well. People don’t remember that Shawn is a former All-Star in this league. They also don’t remember that you don’t have to win 20 games right now – you just have to find a way to win 4.

Each win you get in the playoffs is going to be different than the other. The pressure ratchets up after each game as well.

I’ve been on a team with the world’s greatest player. Right now, the greatest player in the game is in Cleveland. Sometimes you just have to strap onto their back and let them carry you to the top. At that point, the remaining guys have to fill in. I think the Cavs have some good fill-in guys, but since Kevin Love is gone, it looks like it will have to be lights-out from LeBron and Kyrie.

I think size always matters, especially with guys like Joakim and Gasol. Chicago has a formidable team.

But let me tell you how we see it here in Cleveland: we are going to pick this thing up from the 90s from where we left off. It’s a nice rivalry between Cleveland and Chicago.

A Fighting Chance

For 36 times this season, college teams have given the Kentucky Wildcats their best shot, and for 36 times each of their foes have come up empty. With a talent-laden roster that would make the Lakers drool, Kentucky is just four wins from being the standard for college basketball excellence. The general consensus is that the Wildcats best competition this season has been each other in practice and therefore the Vegas bookies have predicted double figure wins in all of their games.

With nine NBA prospects in the rotation, no other college team has the talent to match up with them. They have great guards but their real strength is the size and skill of their bigs.

West Virginia knows that they can’t match up man for man with Kentucky, so expect them to make the game ugly. Their head coach, Bob Huggins, has never been confused with a choir boy. He groomed former bruisers Danny Fortson and Kenyon Martin at Cincinnati where he created a culture of thuggery on and off the court.

In the Mountaineers Second Round game against Maryland last week, at least three of Huggin’s players could have been charged with assault. They physically pounded the Terp’s guards from the opening tip until finally Melo Trimble was tapped out by the medical staff after his tenth time hitting the floor. Even though Maryland fans understood they had no chance to win with Trimble on the bench, they were relieved he wouldn’t further risk his health with the West Virginia mugging taking place.

True to his character, Huggins will push the boundaries of physical play against Kentucky and deploy his henchmen in uniform to counter-punch the Wildcat’s skilled players. He knows his only chance to compete with them is to make the game a slug-fest.  But Kentucky’s players are too gifted and disciplined for that and will make West Virginia their 37th victim!

RestLess

For years there was a gentleman’s agreement in the NBA circles that the last week of the season for playoff-situated teams was reserved for either rest or player development. While this usually happens in April, right before the Playoffs, some teams have been employing this strategy since Thanksgiving!

Last season the Spurs, with a veteran roster, rotated the off games for the ancient Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli, which resulted in them being beneficiaries of a well-oiled machine throughout the NBA Finals.

But to the chagrin of NBA fans in cities around the country, teams are following this trend of resting stars who the fans have paid handsomely to see play.

Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr issued an apology to fans for his decision to rest his star players during the final quarter of the regular season.

But what began as a strategy to prolong the careers of the aging trio in San Antonio has become the trend of NBA All-stars. Players feel privileged when they are given a night off. They equate earning a rest day to being a part of the NBA elite.

Playing in all 82 games was the goal and that iron man streak carried significant weight during negotiations. Now, we are lucky if the best teams play their stars together in 75 games. Not only should today’s NBA players rest less, but if I spend hundreds to take my boys to watch LeBron in a suit, I would be RestLess!

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