James Reaches a Career 10,000 pts in Loss Against Boston

lebron_214x348.jpgGoing into the game, James only needed 19 pts (and we all knew he would get that) to reach the 10,000 mark and be the youngest player to do so, at only 23 years old. 

“I did it in a losing effort and I don’t like that,” said James. “(Personal records) is not what it’s about, but to me, to be in the record books in the biggest league in the world – and all the hard work I put into it, it’s a tribute to my team, myself, my family. And they should all feel good about it.”

The Celtics got off to an early start against the Cavs and won the match each quarter.  Up by 9 after the 1st quarter (25-16)…7 after the 2nd quarter (47-40)…13 after the 3rd quarter (75-62)…and 5 at the close of the game (92-87).

The Cavs new point guard, Delonte West, racked in 20 points, shooting 8/13 from the field, including 2/4 from behind the arc.  He also pulled in 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Still, delonte_167x251.jpgin his best offensive game as a Cav, he couldn’t keep Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, in front of him on defense.  Rondo killed the Cavs with his penetration, hand-offs, and open-court play.

Wally Szczerbiak continued in his struggle to find his shot and maintain any consistency as he went 3/13 from the field, bringing in 12 points. 

Ilgauskas contributed only 8 points and 12 boards as he played through the final stages of the flu after missing Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee, and losing 8 lbs in less than 2 days.  Sasha Pavlovic and Daniel Gibson remained out with injuries.

As with the rest of the cast, James, had an off night as well.  In his previous 9 games against the Celtics, he scored over 30 points, and tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the longest stretch of games in which one player scored at least 30 points against the Celtics, since the franchise began in 1946.

Last night was different though.  James only had 26 points, shooting 7 of 24 from the field, pulling in 8 boards and 4 assists. 

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“A two-game losing streak is not the end of the world,” said James. “We still have a lot of basketball to play and when you have an off-shooting night like we did tonight, it’s tough to pull a game out – especially against the best team in the league.”

In addition to having an off-night, James scared the living daylights out of every fan and staff member of the Cavs organization, as he came down on the foot of Paul Pierce after going to the hole for a layin.  He limped to the sidelines and fell down in front of the scoring table.  He was taken to the locker room where he had X-rays on his ankle, which came back negative.  He returned to start the 3rd quarter.

By the end of that quarter, Coach Mike Brown was being escorted to the locker room after getting into a heated battle with the refs over bad calls.  He had had about enough after suffering through the bad officiating of the refs in the game on Tuesday against the Bucks.  He was not about to sit pat for another episode. 

After Varejao got clobbered on the offensive end by the Celtics and received no call, but James got called for a touch foul at the opposite end on defense, the usually tolerant, Mike Brown, lost his composure and had to be restrained by his assistants.  He left the game with 41 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.

kg_wallace_238x340.jpgIt was an uphill battle from the start, but this is only the Cavs 3rd game together, and these games over the next few weeks will be like training camp. 

We don’t expect teams to come out winning in the preseason.  Those are what you call “feeler” games, where you feel out your teammates, your coaches expectations during a game, and your teams style of play against opponents. 

With that said, why would you expect for a team that lost nearly half of its roster and obtained 4 new players to come out the box and win every game, especially one against a well-meshed, thoroughly-developed #1 team, who has been playing together all season.

Now to give credit where due, the Celtics played a heck-of-a ball game.  They took advantage of fast breaks, they played outstanding defense and held the Cavs to only 38% shooting from the field, they broke down the Cavs interior and exterior by shooting 52%, with key contributions from several players, and they tied the season series 2-2.

The next challenge for the new-look Cavs is the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Tune in tomorrow at 7:30 pm or stream it live through your computer.

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2007-2008 Regular Season: Cavaliers vs. Celtics
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: TD Banknorth Garden
Starters: D. West, D. Brown, L. James, B. Wallace, Z. Ilgauskas
Final: 87-92 (L)

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7 Comments

  1. IMO, the Cavs just went backwards … relative to Boston & Detroit … with the trades they made.

    In the end, these trades will end up costing Mike Brown his job in Cleveland.

    Shame on Danny Ferry … who really should’ve known better.

    http://khandorssportsblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/21/cavaliers-just-went-backwards/

  2. I don’t think they went backwards…if you look at it player for player + throw-aways.

    Delonte West for Larry Hughes – West is a better point guard. LH was playing out of position as a shooting guard playing point, plus he couldn’t make shots consistently to save his life.

    Joe Smith for Drew Gooden – Now I wish Drew could have stayed, but still, Joe is a better shooter and better decision-maker.

    The rest were throw-aways (Donyell, Ira, Cedric, and Shannon), as they rarely played, and probably have yet to play on their new teams as well. For those, we got Ben Wallace (an aggressive rebounder and defender) and Wally Szczerbiak (a perimeter scorer)

    The team just needs time to get comfortable and feel each other out. Brown is all about defense, so eventually they will have to buy into his concept of defense-1st (which they haven’t done yet), and in turn, that will lead to a better, more confident showing on offense.

  3. horrible team + horrible trade = horrible results

  4. Its crazy how quick everyone is to judge. The team will be alright. They’re learning each other while everyone is watching oppose to the offseason when no one cares. Give it time. I won’t start worrying until April rolls around and I see no progress.

  5. Jay,

    A team that is 2nd in their division, 5th overall in the East (as of now), has the best player in the league, and won the Eastern Conference title less than a year ago…is hardly a horrible team.

    A trade-deal that is only a week old, involved getting 4 new players who haven’t had sufficient time to grow in a system and therefore be properly evaluated, but are still 1-2 since the transition…hardly justifies a horrible trade.

    As for the so-called horrible results, I have no idea what you’re basing that on. If it’s the 2 straight losses since the trade, then check a couple teams scores and stats, as I’m sure many (if not all) have suffered back to back game losses at some point during the season (and that’s with a stable roster).

    But you are entitled to your opinion…so, so be it.

  6. drew was alright. larry hughes and the rest were disposable scrubs who I would’ve darn near given away. the trade was good for them imo. at worst they stay the same, at best they get better.

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    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
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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