NBA Finals: Game 3: Doink!
Posted by disappointmentzone on 13 June 2007
Well the Cavs did just about everything I suggested in my preview of Game 3 and they still lost. What a monumentally poor shooting performance. That was historically bad. It’s not as though the Cavs were missing tough shots. The offense wasn’t terrible. They had open looks. They could have had more open looks if someone other than Gooden or Pavolvic decided to shoot a mid-range jumper. It’s just that no shots fell. Even layups were bricked. 3-19 from three is pathetic. After missing, oh, ten three pointers, might it be worth switching to another strategy? It’s not as though the Spurs were ever so far ahead that the Cavs needed to resort to bombing three pointers to get back into the game. If you can’t make baskets you can’t win, no matter how good your defense is.
And the defense was good. Very good.
Daniel Gibson played pretty solid defense on Tony Parker, who was a lot less aggressive with Gibson guarding him than I ever thought he would be. Eventually Parker wised up and started driving, but he certainly did not kill the Cavs in the way he had the first two games.
Of course, Gibson’s defensive contribution was balanced by his offensive slump. The boy did nothing to help the team win. 1-10, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 rebounds — in 36 minutes! Those are Larry Hughes numbers. So through three games the Cavs’ starting point guards are now 2-20. No team can win getting so little from such a crucial position.
If you can over the boxscore you might be surprised that the Spurs won. Duncan had 14. Parker had 17. Ginobili had 3. Bruce Bowen played well, with 13 points. The Cavs? LeBron James had 25. Gooden had 13. Ilgauskas had 12. Pavolvic had 13. So how did the Cavs lose? The remaining players on the roster had NINE points. Let me repeat: The other FIVE players who played for the Cavs had NINE POINTS. Yikes.
Question: How can you lose when you out rebound the other team; when you have more than twice as many offensive rebounds as the other team; when you have more assists and fewer turnovers than the other team; when you have more blocks than the other team; when you attempt 11 more shots than the other team; when you make more free throws than the other team; and when you have as many steals as the other team?
Answer: By only getting NINE POINTS from five guys who combine to play 89 minutes.
That’s the whole of it right there.
At least the Cavaliers fans will be able to watch a basketball team receive the NBA Championship trophy on Cleveland’s home court. Too bad it’ll be the Spurs.