From the Boston Globe:
Asked how he felt about the Cavaliers passing on practice yesterday as James accepted his Most Valuable Player trophy, Pierce said, “It doesn’t bother me.’’
Pierce didn’t say it bothered him, but don’t your competitive juices have to get flowing after hearing that Cleveland decided to have a day off yesterday? That they didn’t feel practice was necessary to win Game Two?
Does anyone else feel offended by this? That the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t even have a short practice yesterday? That they took a day off, in the middle of the playoffs? That watching Lebron James hold a press conference to accept his MVP Award was deemed more important than preparing for the Boston Celtics?
Because I find it belittling. I find it condescending. I find it unimaginable that they wouldn’t at least hold a small shootaround yesterday, at the very least to diagram some way to try to contain Rajon Rondo. Or just to get some shots up to stay in rhythm — or, in the case of some Cavs, to GET in rhythm. I mean, it IS the playoffs, right? The time to focus on basketball, winning, basketball and, well, winning some more.
But ya know what? I kind of like it. I like that the Cavs didn’t have practice, because now it’s less likely they’ll be ready for Game Two. If I were the Cavs, I would have been in the gym for hours. I would have been shooting jumpers ’til my arm went numb. I would have been working on help defense to collapse on Rajon Rondo. I would have been working on rotations to continue to keep the Celtics’ shooters silent. I would have put Antawn Jamison into a human stretching machine so he could possibly have the length to contest Kevin Garnett’s low-post turnaround.
While the Celtics held practice, the Cavs got all dolled up so they could celebrate Lebron’s MVP Award. Why Mike Brown didn’t hold a practice earlier in the day, or later in the day, I’ll never know.
But I sure as hell hope the Cavs regret it.