By beating the Magic last night, and with Boston giving up a million points to the Bulls the Cavaliers find themselves 4.5 games up on Boston and 5 up on the Magic with 15 games to play. “I’m not a smart man, but I know what the magic number is.” A little quick math reveals the Cavs’ magic number for home court throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs sits at 11. Any Cavs win or Boston/Orlando loss reduces that number by one. There’s a chance the Celtics slip behind Orlando as soon as tonight. Orlando travels to Milwaukee, where Dwight Howard might actually take a shot in the fourth quarter, and the Heat pay a visit to Boston.
Boston could be even more short-handed than usual. Garnett isn’t scheduled to return until Friday at the earliest, nor will Tony Allen who is still a few weeks away. Last night however, a few more Celtics got banged up. Cleveland killer Leon Powe bruised his knee and isn’t certain to play, neither is Rajon Rondo who rolled his ankle (again) and might miss a game or two. In addition Ray Allen hyper-extended his elbow and might need to rest. Now, I don’t for a second think all those guys are going to be out. They are tough guys and I don’t think they are going to let their team down. How effective they are might be another matter.
Speaking of Boston and Garnett, what’s the deal with KG not attending games while he is hurt? Do you really buy the “I can’t be on the bench without playing because I’m that intense!” line? Heard that from Skeets on the Basketball Jones today. I’m calling shenanigans on that one. You can’t be behind the bench and support your teammates? Really? What are you going to do go all Hulk Hogan and rip off your suit? Are you going to storm the floor and play in your bare feet? Give me a break.
Keeping with the Boston theme, I see that America’s Basketball Team, or at least their fans, seem to think they are the only ones that are getting hit with injuries. I’ll grant you that you may have a few more happening at the same time, but your total number of games missed isn’t even close to the injuries the Cavs have endured this year. Boston starters (KG, Rondo and Perkins) have missed 23 games to injury this season. Compare that with Cleveland’s 48 (Zydrunas, West and Wallace.) Boston’s significant bench players have missed 35 (House 1, Davis 6 and Allen 28.) Cleveland’s bench players have missed 21 (Gibson 6, Wally 3, Sasha 12.) Injuries happen to everyone. You have to deal with them. In addition to complaining about injuries, the ref conspiracy bug is back. You know, because the league has it out for them. You stay classy Boston.
The Cavs also moved a game in front of the Lakers with Philadelphia’s last moment heroics. Thanks again to Donyell Marshall, who came up big for the Sixers (and the Cavs ironically). So, essentially we traded Marshall and Jones for Mo Williams, and Donyell is secretly still working for us? Good deal.
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