Let's forget all the hand-wringing and paranoia over whether Lebron is going to leave Cleveland in 2 years. Let's just sit back and enjoy the ride right now. Carpe Diem! Because if you insist on letting yourself be swept away by the pundits, you can't possibly enjoy what is happening right before your very eyes: This is a really good basketball team!
Here in Cleveland, we have had our hearts broken on so many occasions that we can recite them all at the drop of a hat - 'Red Right 88', "The Fumble", "The Drive", "The Shot", "The Mesa meltdown", "Through the legs of Tony Fernandez." And if you're older, you remember Herb Score's tragic ball back to the mound, Jim Chones' broken leg, and Ernie Davis' Leukemia. We're "close but not quite," the ultimate in "wait until next year" fans. So much so, that we have a hard time enjoying it if/or when we have a sports team that gives us something to cheer about.
But I am telling you to give in to the temptation of getting excited about this Cavs team. I'm not telling you that they are a dead-bang, sure-fire champion. They are clearly not the favorites...that honor goes to the Celtics and Lakers (just like old times). But this team is really, really good.
In the recent past, the Cavs were prone to letting bad teams off the hook and playing down to their level. That has cost them home court in the playoffs, where it matters most. They are not only beating teams they should beat, but they are humiliating them. The starters have barely had to get off the bench for the second half in the last 15 games. In fact, this team is so deep that they are actually building leads when the starters take a rest. There are matchup problems all over the place as coach Brown finally has some players he can rely on besides James and Z.
Moe Williams has proved to be just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting some flow in the offense and not forcing us to watch the "Lebron pound the ball at the top of the key for 20 seconds" offense of last year. Ben Wallace, Z, Gibson, Szcerbiak, West, and Verejao have all figured out their roles; and Hickson and Pavolovic look better each night. And...oh yeah...Lebron is a pretty good player too.
This one is going down to the wire. If you're still gun-shy, maybe you should close your eyes. But I think you'll be missing a pretty good ride.