Although the Cavaliers have long since faded into the 2009-10 sunset, something the coach of the team that dispatched the Cavs into the off-season said last night struck a chord.â†µ
The statement, by the Celtics’ Doc Rivers, contains the essence of the philosophy a great coach has about another team’s superstar.â†µ
Kobe Bryant was being…Kobe Bryant…last night. At one time he scored 23 straight Lakers points. When Rivers’ squad expressed some dismay about not being able to contain Bryant, Rivers came up with this gem: “I just tried to keep telling them, it’s only 2 points each time he scores. It’s not 10”.â†µ
That, right there, gives insight into how Boston was able to survive Cleveland – that attitude that, if another team’s star goes off…just ride it out, contain the rest of your opponent, and you will be fine.â†µ
I hope that the next Cavaliers coach is so wise.