Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Opening Night in C-Town!

When we last left our Cleveland Cavaliers, they were being exposed by the Varsity conference champions and the closest thing to a dynasty their is the NBA since MJ retired from the Bulls the second time. Ah, but those Junior Varsity...errrr... Eastern Conference playoffs sure were fun, weren't they? Donyell's big game in the clincher against the Nets on the road; Lebron's god-like performance in Game Five scoring 48 points including 29 of the Cavs last 30 points; The Boobie Gibson coming out party capped off by his five three's and 31 points in the series clinching Game Six in Cleveland.

So we move to Opening Night 2007 with the Dallas Mavericks coming to town. There will be plenty to watch tonight. A team in Cleveland actually raising any kind of banner, this one representing an Eastern Conference Championship. You will see if all is forgotten by Cleveland fans with Lebron and the Yankee hat incident. Most importantly, you will get to see major minutes from the great Dwayne Jones, who the ABJ's Brian Windhorst described on the More Sports and Les Levine TV show as "one of the bottom five offense players in the NBA."

What you won't see tonight is Mavericks All Star Josh Howard who is serving a suspension for instigating a fight in the preseason. You also won't see Juwan Howard in a Cavaliers uniform. Howard
opted to sign with Dallas, spurning the Cavs and Boston, his other two suitors. Howard will get instant minutes in the frontcourt in Dallas with starting Center Erick Dampier out with an injury.

On the Cavaliers side, you won't see freshly signed Sasha Pavlovic in uniform either. He will most likely be arriving in Cleveland this morning to finalize and sign the deal. According to
Windhorst this morning, The contract is for three years averaging between $4 million and $5 million per. Patrick McManamon followed up with a solid piece stating the Pavlovic holdout hurt both Sasha and The Cavs. Terry Pluto, the best writer in this town by leaps and bounds and one of the best sportswriters in America, penned a column this morning worth a look talking about "The Disease of Me."

Now with Pavlovic back in the fold, the Cavaliers won't be forced to give extra minutes to the human turnover Shannon Brown and the prettiest man in the NBA, Damon Jones. It is still going to be a struggle for the Cavs to start. The early season schedule has been well documented. After home games with Dallas and New York, the Cavs head out West for a six game road trip, and it looks like that trip will be without Varajao.

The good news is that they have Lebron James. Speaking of the King, lets give you all something good to peep to start the 2007-08 season. Relive the best of Lebron in Game 5 against Detroit.

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