With analysis like this, you need a courtesy flush and plenty of TP. And no, TP isn’t the bizarro universe love child of TD and DP. Anyway, Legler “contributed” to the Daily Dime today with the prediction that the Cavs were going to get the top seed in the East. That makes me happy, but his reasoning is mis-informed. And it is this kind of thinking that we, as Cavs fans, have to attack mightily because all it does is harm Lebron James’ candidacy for the much-deserved MVP. Legler had this to say.
The Celtics, with all of their injuries, have no rhythm right now, and the Magic need to figure out a way to steadily feed Dwight Howard at crunch time.
Those are the two biggest reasons that neither Boston nor Orlando can catch Cleveland. Cleveland is 4.5 games in front of Boston and five games ahead of Orlando, and with the exception of Ben Wallace, the Cavaliers are the one team that is not dealing with injuries.
Wha wha whaaaat? Not dealing with injuries?
At this current moment the Cavs are down a starter in Ben Wallace. They are down a key $13.5 million reserve in Wally Szczerbiak. They just got Delonte back and he is battling through some tough injuries to his back and wrist. Sasha Pavlovic just got back from a high ankle sprain. Tarence Kinsey did too. On top of that, Boobie Gibson’s toe is still bothering him from the time he missed this season. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the fact that Z is playing through a broken nose and a dislocated finger.
But other than that, yeah, they are relatively healthy, I guess. And don’t forget Rick’s post from a few days ago where he pointed out that Cavaliers’ starters had missed 48 games (at the time) while Boston’s had missed 23. So it really is just an ignorant statement at best. And yet Lebron James has kept this train rolling. No matter who has been there to help him out, he has pushed this team constantly. To say that the Cavs haven’t been dealing with injuries is a shot right at James and his MVP position, if you ask me. To say the Cavs haven’t been dealing with injuries is like putting a point in the MVP voting in the Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant column. We can’t allow this line of thinking to persist.
It is bad enough that Lebron got snubbed last year because the Cavs didn’t win enough. At the time, I was willing to even buy the logic to some extent. As long as those were the rules, I could get it. Now this year people are talking about changing the “rules” because Dwyane Wade has had such a monster season? Now it just comes off like anti-Lebron sentiment, and I am going to type until my fingers fall off in defense of the most valuable member of any basketball team in the world, let alone the NBA. And yes, it might sound like homerism. But then again, it is only homerism if it isn’t true, right? I am looking squarely at you, you homers from Miami. And I am looking at you Tim Legler. If you can’t handle the NBA’s news cycle there are plenty of us out here waiting for an opportunity to take your job.