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NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 1: Stan Van Gundy believes giving valor to the victor

May 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

svg.jpgOurs is not a very positive society, in terms of the media, in case you haven’t noticed.

So when the Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics, the turn from all over, including from this blog, revolved around the failure of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and James’ legacy. As a side note, oh, yeah, the Boston Celtics managed to dismantle the team with the best record in the league, get all of their weapons going and win in convincing fashion.

But Stan Van Gundy thinks that to gloss over what the Celtics did to crucify James and the Cavs is a flawed design.

From the New York Times:

“It does a disservice to all of them,” Van Gundy said. “I feel bad for
him only in the sense that you’ve taken a team that basically, because
of one guy, made it inevitable that nobody can possibly beat them,
they’re going to win a championship. Then, instead of just going, ‘Wow,
the Celtics are good and they played great.’ Now, it’s, ‘What’s wrong
with LeBron? Why did he play the way he did in Game 5? The talent around
him is not good enough. Mike Brown can’t coach.’ You go through all the
negatives. You can’t say — I can — but I guess you guys just can’t
say, ‘They lost to a damn good team.”

Well, then, Stan, tell us how you really feel. You’re usually so reserved, after all.

Van Gundy’s point is a strong one. Why do we seek to simplify the Cavaliers’ failures into some sort of spiritual vaccum (“They have no heart.”) or a catastrophic X’s and O’s disaster? We gloss over some pretty important facts, like the Celtics working hard for high percentage shots, out-executing consistently, coming up with every loose ball, and playing a brand of defense easily identifiable as the type that puts rings on fingers.

Van Gundy often has difficulty with how things are portrayed, but this is a particularly sound piece of perspective. The Cavs won more games than any other team in the league. They made the second round. The Celtics were simply better.

However, none of this will stop questions about how the Cavs accepted that fact. There were particular points in the final two games of the series where the Cavs and James simply seemed to accept that they were bested. It didn’t come easy, so they took their ball and come home. But pointing that out shouldn’t overshadow the job the Celtics did just because it’s sexier.

And having equated the word “sexier” with something involving Glen Davis, I will not spend the rest of the day vomiting.

  1. Rick Valentine - May 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    My theory about the Cavs, is that they inhaled too much chalk powder from James’ very tiruing to watch little act he puts on with the chalk. Cavs ownership needs to do a study of long term chalk inhalation! After all, we really can’t blame La Bron, because afterall, he is a superstar! !

  2. ocgunslinger - May 15, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    The Celtics will be playing the Lakers for the NBA Championship qw in years past. Both teams will get there for one reason…..they are the best in their divisions. As to who will win???? Toss a coin is as good a predictor as any.

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