Friday, May 14, 2010

It's More Than Lebron Losing

Lost in all the commentary on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers "losing" to the Boston Celtice is the fact that the Celtics "won." The Cavs might be built more for the regular season than the playoffs, but the Celtics got their act together from a mediocre regular season, won their series with the Cavs 4-2 and looked good doing it.

There's a lot of criticism for the way GM Danny Ferry put together the Cavaliers, but the critics don't mention the extraordinary success of Danny Ainge in Boston. When the Celtics are healthy, they start Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins. Except for the very serviceable Perkins, all of these guys are likely Hall of Famers. Of course, Pierce, Allen, and Garnett are one step beyond their primes. But they're still All-Stars when they get it going and Rondo has been such a good point guard that the Big Three almost always has it going.

Ultimately, the Celtics won the series more than Cleveland lost.

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