Archive for May, 2010

Quieting the “Q”; Reflections on Cavaliers-Celtics Game 5

May 12, 2010

Shaq looking down at Raymond Towler

 

For most Cavaliers fans Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals was a punch in the gut but for one fan it was the thrill of a lifetime. 

Raymond Towler standing in for Shaq during National Anthem

 

For 29 years Raymond Towler’s only connection with the Cavaliers was through a 13 inch television he got to watch games on while in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. 

Shaquille O'Neal & Raymond Towler

 

Finally DNA evidence proved what Raymond had long claimed that he was indeed an innocent man. 

On May 5th a judge overturned his conviction and for the first time in nearly three decades Ray Towler was a free man. 

When the Cavaliers learned what Raymond had been through and how much of a fan he was they invited him, his brother and two sisters to be their guests for Game 5 with seats directly behind the Cavaliers bench. 

Cavs GM Danny Ferry presenting Raymond Towler with his own Cavs jersey.

 

After watching the pre-game shoot around from courtside Towler was escorted into the Cavs tunnel where he was presented with his very own Cavs jersey.   

Then later as the above photos show Shaquille O’Neal let Raymond stand in for him in the Cavs lineup during the national anthem taking the big guys place between Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson. 

Unfortunately for Raymond it was all down hill from there. 

Is Dancing with the Stars in LeBron's future?

 

When LeBron came out for his pre-game warmups his first shot on the floor was a slam dunk… he missed it.  My immediate reaction was uh oh.  

 

Then game a couple of swishes and when he went to take his half court underhanded shots he did so right-handed again which I thought was a good sign that the elbow was going to be an issue. 

LeBron would end the night shooting 3 for 14 from the floor, 0 for 4 from 3-point range in his worst playoff showing since joining the Association. 

A solemn Shaq after Game 5 loss

 

Shaq led all Cavs scorers but was clearly subdued after the game. 

Following the Cavs Game 2 loss to the Celtics at home a more light hearted Shaq said “it’s not how you start a date, it’s how you finish the date.” 

After Game 5 though Shaq had the look of a someone who was stood up altogether. 

He’s been in this position before though and said he simply told the guys “we gotta win two.”  

LeBron James slam

Cavaliers Wakeup Call; Game 2 vs. Boston

May 4, 2010

As I looked through my pictures this morning of last night’s Game 2 Eastern Conference Semi Final matchup against the Boston Celtics it became immediately clear how fired up Boston was for this game. Glen “Big Baby” Davis stood frozen the whole time with a sour look on his face, Kevin Garnett behind him didn’t even look. 

LeBron James receives Podoloff MVP trophy from David Stern

The eyes of all 20,000+ were on LeBron James and NBA Commissioner David Stern at center court for the presentation of the Maurice Podoloff MVP trophy but the Celtics were none to happy to watch the festivities.  They came out on fire and never looked back. 

Here are some more pics.

Delonte West & Jamario Moon watch LeBron accepting his MVP Award.

LeBron wasn’t taking any chances with his right elbow.  He continued his pregame ritual of taking half court underhanded shots but did so last night with his left hand.

Z & Shaq; One on One

NBA Commissioner David Stern