Friday, May 8, 2009

Should it be this easy?

I had the good fortune of attending Game 2 last night, yet another playoff beatdown served up by the wine and gold. This one was a 105-85 mauling (highlights) of the visiting Hawks, putting the Cavs up 2-0 as the series now shifts down to Atlanta. And the game wasn't even that close. The Cavs were up by 36 at one point in the third quarter - reminiscent of many of their regular season romps this year in terms of lack of pressure and relative ease in which they were able to do completely destroy their opponent. This one was never in doubt.

The MVP and his teammates are making quick work of the Hawks

The Hawks stubbornly stuck to their game plan of playing LeBron straight up on defense and he torched them yet again, this time going for 27/5/3 in just 31 minutes of work. The highlight of the playoffs so far for me was his insane step-back three from 36 feet just before the halftime buzzer. Mo and Delonte also combined for 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting, with Mo putting up a ridiculous +30 in the box score. And Wally came off the bench for 17 points, great hustle, his usual high-fives and ass-slaps all around. It earned him another "Wally, Wally, Wally" chant from the Q crowd. Again, it was just another fun drubbing of an opponent at home. Nothing has seemingly changed from the regular season to these playoffs as the guys rattled off their 6th straight double-digit win.

So as we head into Game 3 tomorrow night, the Hawks have to be searching for answers. How will they be able to keep it close? Will they be missing three starters now that Joe Johnson has a severely sprained ankle? And would it even matter if they were healthy? If the Cavs win on Saturday night I don't see any way that Atlanta avoids a sweep come Monday. And I have tickets for home game E, which I'm really hoping is Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Come on Boston, we're waiting for you. Six down, ten to go. Go Cavs.