The 2010-11 Cavaliers aren’t just bad. They’re bad on a historic level. Entering Wednesday night’s game, they had lost 36 out of their last 38 games. They hadn’t won a game in regulation since November. The last time they faced the Lakers, they were decimated, losing the contest by 55 points. If any game could be considered over before it began, it was this one.
And yet, the Cavs shocked the world. They beat the defending World Champions 104-99, in what has to be considered one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. Ramon Sessions, Cleveland’s backup point guard, led the way with a season-high 32 points.
Despite Pau Gasol’s monstrous 30-point, 20 rebound effort, the Lakers could never get it in gear. Kobe Bryant scored just 17 points on 8-24 shooting. Derek Fisher contributed on the offensive end with 19 points, but couldn’t even pretend to stay in front of Sessions on defense. As a team, they looked like they could care less. Christian Eyenga’s emphatic one-handed stuff sums it up nicely. With the Cavs only up a single point, he blows by Kobe and yaks on Pau Gasol, the one man who could be bother to rotate defensively.
No Laker even reacts. In the heat of the game, in a moment when the door was open for the defending World Champs to seize the momentum and take control of the contest, they just didn’t give a damn. I don’t know if it’s time to panic for the Lakers, but they need to take a long, hard look at themselves. To say the very least, this kind of effort does not lead to a championship.