2007 Finals: Cavs vs. Spurs (Game 1 Review, Game 2 Tips)

In Game 1, San Antonio ran a poised defensive clinic that stifled our leading scorer, allowing him only 14 points.  Lebron was 0/7 from the field in the first half and 4/16 from the field overall.  Our 7+ ft center, Ilgauskas, was shut down to the likes of a 6’5″ guard playing in the post, with only 2 points the entire game. 

While we struggled to find offense, San Anotonio’s Tony Parker had his way.  He drove into the paint for layups, ran pick and rolls with Tim Duncan, hit floaters in the lane, and even connected with Elson on a bounce pass between 2 of our defenders for an easy, uncontested dunk.

We played horribly.  We were hesitant to take shots.  We couldn’t keep Tony in front of us on defense.  We never pushed the pace of the game, and we made far too many turnovers.

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So, what do we do?  Well, here are my suggestions for Game 2:

  • Stop Tony Parker from penetrating the lane.  He finished the game with 27 points and 7 assists.
  • The pick and roll between Parker and Duncan is brutal, and that alone could eliminate us early in this series.  Find a stop for it…quick.
  • Lebron needs to attack the basket and get Bowen in early foul trouble.  This will free him up, allowing him to get into an offensive flow before the 2nd half.  He has to be the high point man at the end of the game.
  • Daniel Gibson needs to start the game and be responsible for guarding Tony Parker.  He finished Game 1 with 16 points in 27 minutes.  He’s a good defender, and we could really use his quick offensive spark at the onset of the game.  Not to take anything away from Larry, but he is hurt.
  • We need more fast break opportunities.  That’s our kill.  Get the defensive rebound and push the ball up the floor. 

Really, just settle down Cavs and play your game.  We know this is your 1st NBA Finals appearance, and it’s new territory.  We’re behind you 100%. 

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If you have any other suggestions for the Cavs in Game 2, and would like to contribute to the list, please do so below.

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2007 NBA Finals: Game 1 | Cavs @ Spurs | June 6, 2007 | 76-85, L
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6 Comments

  1. Brown definitely needs to start Gibson or at least give him more minutes. It still baffles me as to why he feels like he has to start his so called starting 5 after halftime. Play the player who is playing well. Period.

  2. Sasha has to continue to play aggressive and take it to the rim. I admired his fearlessness in game 1. If Lebron gets his offense going, Sasha continues to play aggressive, and we shut down Parker’s drive, I see the Cavs winning today.

    Go Wine and Gold!

  3. The Cavs need more movement on offense. It seems like they make 2, maybe 3 passes before someone puts the shot up. And the defense is usually right in their face. They need to move the ball more in this game and make the defense work.

    And play Gibson more. Lebron seems to play better when he’s on the floor.

  4. Not to worry, the team will play much better tonight.

    Go Caaaavs!!!

  5. I totally agree with you. We need to start Boobie. Sasha did play aggressive and should pick up where he left off. And we could use alot more ball movement on offense. That’s the only way we’ll get their defense off balance.

    But I expect a good game tonight. I don’t think Lebron will be shut down to 14pts anymore in this series. That was just crazy.

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

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    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
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