Thursday, February 26, 2009

It begins tonight...

On the heels of their latest win, an easy 94-79 throttling (highlights) of the Grizzlies, our beloved Cavaliers begin their toughest stretch of the season:

FebruaryOpponentTimeLocal TVNat TVRadio
Thu 26 @ Houston 8:00pm
WTAM 1100
Fri 27 @ San Antonio 9:30pm FSOhio HD WTAM 1100
MarchOpponentTimeLocal TVNat TVRadio
Sun 01 @ Atlanta 8:00pm FSOhio HD WTAM 1100
Mon 02 @ Miami 7:30pm FSOhio HD
WTAM 1100
Wed 04 vs Milwaukee 7:00pm FSOhio HD
WTAM 1100
Fri 06 @ Boston 8:00pm FSOhio HD WTAM 1100
Sat 07 vs Miami 7:30pm FSOhio HD
WTAM 1100
Tue 10 @ LA Clippers 10:30pm FSOhio HD
WTAM 1100
Thu 12 @ Phoenix 10:30pm
WTAM 1100
Fri 13 @ Sacramento 10:00pm FSOhio HD
WTAM 1100

That's 4 road games in the next 5 nights, 8 out of the next 10 on the road, and 8 of those games look to be against playoff teams. Good thing the starters have been able to sit for almost the entire 4th quarters of the last two wins. And hopefully the team isn't looking at the big picture like I am. They need to stay focused (as they always seem to be) and just look at the next game on the schedule. This 10-game stretch could make or break our chances at the #1 seed in the East and it will be important to stay healthy and win (that's not asking too much, right?). The Celtics did the Cavs a huge favor by stumbling against the hapless Clippers late last night.

Hopefully the Cavs can begin to take advantage by starting off with a win tonight in Houston, a place where they have not played well in recent memory. But this isn't the same Cavaliers team that we've seen in the first five seasons of the LeBron era. This one is 18-10 on the road this year, just four road wins shy of tying the franchise record of 22, and they are arguably the most talented Cavaliers group ever assembled. If we can continue to ease Delonte back into the lineup, keep up the outstanding defense (still #1 in the league allowing only 90.5 ppg), stay healthy, and have LeBron just be LeBron, we should be all set. The most important stretch of the regular season begins tonight and it should be fun to just sit back and watch.

Tribe Update: I can't believe it's already upon us but here's the first Tribe spring training update of the year. I "worked" from home yesterday and with our new laptop I am now afforded the ability to "work" in front of our bigscreen in the family room. So yesterday afternoon while I was "working" I was delighted to stumble upon the Tribe's Cactus League opener in beautiful crystal-clear high definition on STO-HD. I guess it shows how much I've been following things with the Tribe since I didn't even know the game would be televised (too much attention to the Cavaliers, but can you blame me?). Anyway, the game was sort of ugly, but it did feature a big three-run blast from new Tribe 3B Mark DeRosa. That was nice to see. It's still way too early for me to put a lot of energy into the Tribe, but it's nice to have them back on the radar again.

A sidenote: I was able to recently snag a bunch of tickets for the home opener on April 10 vs. the Blue Jays. If anyone out there in Internet-land is still looking for a way to attend the game, Razzles sports bar in Olmsted Township puts together a great Opening Day package every year (I attended last year and had a blast). $50 is well worth it to take advantage of this offer, assuming of course there isn't a blizzard in Cleveland on April 10th...