They basically played no backup guards, only slow bigs off the bench. I think they’re gonna need Pavlovic to contribute; he’ll be able to stay with both Lewis and Turkoglu on the defensive end (he just has to not F-up at the offensive end).
James, who scored a career postseason-high 49 points in Game 1, suggested Brown give Sasha Pavlovic a chance.
“I think Sasha can be huge for us,” James said. “Mentally, if Sasha’s in tune, he could be really good for us with his 6-7 or 6-8, 240-pound frame, he could really help us on the defensive end, and he’s also an offensive threat. You just cannot leave him open on the offensive end because he can make shots. Mentally, if Sasha’s in tune, which I think he can be, and if he’s called upon, I think he can be really good for us. We need that type of active body on the defensive end who can take a little bit of the load of myself and Delonte. . . . We could use him out there.”
Said Brown, “Sasha is a guy we may consider.”
It’s actually come down to this. Holy God, we need Sasha Pavlovic. I mean, it makes sense. Daniel Gibson (the other backcourt bench player) isn’t going to guard either Hedo Turkoglu or Rashard Lewis and Pavlovic has the size and playoff experience to make a difference. Offensively, I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Sasha throughout the year; he wasn’t picking up as many offensive charges (he’d pass the ball off drives) and he knocked down his jumpers (41% 3pt in 08-09).
Though, like LeBron said, we’re going to have to see where Sasha’s at mentally. If he stays within himself and doesn’t try to do too much, he could really help the Cavs out on both ends of the floor.
I’m fairly confident the Cavs will win Game 2 tonight and we’ll head to Orlando all tied up at 1-1. As for me, I’m heading to Columbus this evening and then to Indiana for the rest of the weekend. I’m postive that I’ll be watching tonight’s game, I’m just not sure how sober I’ll be post-contest. I’ll have something written up either late tonight (full of spelling errors and drunken ramblings!) or earlyish tomorrow morning/afternoon (hung over style).
Also, everyone make sure they’re wearing their lucky socks and what have you. I’ve gotten reports of friends not wearing their lucky shirts or showering at halftime and putting on some Browns gear (STUPID STUPID STUPID!). Come on guys, let’s do this shit right- no washing lucky underwear, no clothes featuring this town’s imcompetent franchises and no “so when the Cavs face Denver in the Finals, you should come out for a game” comments.