Thank God this series is finally over. We didn't watch this game, and we know you didn't either, but let's just pretend that we did. That makes it easier for all of us. Cool? Cool.
LeBron decided to show up, despite getting in some foul trouble in the 3rd quarter. He lead the Cavs to a high-scoring 4th quarter (by this series's standards) that gave them a convincing 88-72 win. This also silenced critics of LeBron, who claim he's been mailing in games, for at least another three days. The real question for the next series is who will mail in more games, LeBron or the Pistons? My money is on the Pistons.
To say this Nets/Cavs series was brutal would be an understatement. Game 5 was the low point when the Nets won despite having a 6 point 4th quarter. Game 6 wasn't much better. The Cavs scored 8 points in the entire 3rd quarter to let the Nets, who were playing at home, back into the game. Then, just to give their fans yet another reason not to buy season tickets for next year, the Nets returned the Cavs favor by putting up 12 points in the 4th.
So the Cavs, a team with Eric Snow getting significant minutes, limp into the Eastern Conference Finals to face a likely disinterested Detroit team that's probably already wondering who they'll face in the Finals.
And as for the Nets, I think Dan LeBatard of the Miami Herald summed it up best today on PTI. "This is not a good team," he said. And he's right. Despite the fact that this team had VC, Kidd and Jefferson, they never proved over the course of the season or the playoffs that they could ever put it together and make it work. Just an abysmal season for a team with so much talent on paper.
And just in case you were wondering, the Nets, when you include their playoff record, finished the season one game below .500