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Want the Cavaliers to stop dancing? Beat them.

Apr 8, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers dance. It is their thing. From Riverdance to Rick Astley, the Cavaliers have danced (why anyone is moved to move by Rick Astley is beyond us, but different strokes). Their pregame handshake ritual makes the Bird of Paradise mating dance look simple. The game is supposed to be a celebration and that is how they see it. They are a team having fun.

That grates on other teams, who feel like the Cavaliers are doing it just to show them up. The Celtics thought so at the end of last season, the Bulls do now.

Kevin McHale told the Chicago Tribune that if you want stop the Cavaliers from moving their feet, you’ve got to do it on the court.

“They won’t dance if they’re down 20,” McHale said. “They’re saying, ‘Go ahead and stop us from doing it. If you don’t like this dancing, don’t let us dance.’

“I think every dominant team crosses a line occasionally. I played on (Celtics) teams that would look at the other team and say, ‘We’re going to kick your butt. What are you going to do about it?’

“It’s a different era today and that’s Cleveland’s expression. Yeah, it’s a little over the top sometimes.”

Straight up. To the winners go the spoils. If Cleveland is beating you by 20, they can dance all they want, take your drinks and steal your women. Those are the rules. You want to shut them up, shut them down. That simple.

  1. Anna - Apr 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    I think it’s Rick Astley =)

  2. Josh - Apr 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Still makes Cleveland the least classy team in the league. Way to go Cleveland.

  3. GtuddaC - Apr 8, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    they can dance all they want, but thats why they dont win. They dont take the game serious enough. Make it outta the east, Lebron….then dance. Until then, polish Kobe’s rings. . .

  4. Arnold - Apr 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    So wait, they don’t take the game seriously enough? You mean how they clinched the number 1 seed in the NBA last week?
    All I ever hear after every Laker and Celtic loss is that they just don’t care and that they will flip the switch. But now the team that has taken care of business despite more injuries/player changes than Boston and LA combined are the team that doesn’t take the game seriously enough?
    If the Lakers want to win, they’ll send Kobe home to polish his own rings and get back to moving the ball on offense and feeding the post.

  5. Arnold - Apr 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    So wait, they don’t take the game seriously enough? You mean how they clinched the number 1 seed in the NBA last week?
    All I ever hear after every Laker and Celtic loss is that they just don’t care and that they will flip the switch. But now the team that has taken care of business despite more injuries/player changes than Boston and LA combined are the team that doesn’t take the game seriously enough?
    If the Lakers want to win, they’ll send Kobe home to polish his own rings and get back to moving the ball on offense and feeding the post.

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