Ho-Him the Cavs win 60th
The Cavs won a franchise record 12th straight game today giving them 60 for the season and it isn't even the end of March.
For me the strangest part is how normal this seems. I was three in the Miracle Year so I missed that excitement. Pre-LeBron my most memorable playoff run was the four games George Karl and World B Free scared the Celtics in 1985. I had high expectations in 1989 before The Shot but after that I never really believed the Cavs could beat the Bulls.
Games 5 and 6 in 2007 against the Pistons were two of the most beautiful experiences in my life. But you knew there was no real chance the Cavs could beat the Spurs.
But here we are in 2009 and the Cavs have basically secured the top spot in East and are in real contention for the top overall seed. They have taken injuries and kept on rolling. In fact they are so good, the games have mostly gotten ho-hum. And that is weird. Every night the Cavs play, they are expected to win. LeBron is so good, we expect miracles on a daily basis.
That was driven home to me on Friday when I watched the game with my brother and cousin who barely get to watch games. LeBron made some play and both their jaws dropped. I didn't flinch because I see and expect that every night. I have started to take LeBron and his greatness for granted. We have had a magical season and it just seems normal.
And that is because just as Z and then LeBron said if the Cavs don't win a championship this year it will be a disappointment. The regular season is just about setting up the real season. The next few weeks are just the appetizer.
And that is something that is brand new.