Look, I love Simmons and he has a point here... kinda. He's right, the Suns killed the Cavs; simply demolished them. Beat them in every which way. That's fine, I get it. But you simply can't make a sweeping statement like that. You can't judge a team by simply one game (no matter how bad it was).
1. The Suns dismantled Cleveland effortlessly, like they were plucking wings off a butterfly or something. I don't even think they shifted past third gear the entire game. That was truly scary -- not for me but for everyone else in the league.
2. The Cavs were demolished to the degree that they can't be taken seriously for the rest of the season. This game was more one-sided than the Awvee Storey-Martynas Andriuskevicius fight.
In the first game of last playoff's Detroit series, the Cavaliers lost 113-86.
In the playoffs.
Against a team that was in the finals the past two seasons. If there's anytime to write off a team, that was it. We all know what happened, the Cavs rebounded from an 0-2 deficit, won the next three games to take a 3-2 series lead and subsequently blew game 5 at home. Sure they still lost, but it wasn't exactly lopsided.
So the Cavs lose 109-90 in Phoenix.
19 points (I aware that it was actually more lopsided. I was there).
So far this season, the Cavs have beaten the Spurs twice and lost to the Suns once. They haven't played the Heat or the Mavs yet and they have another game versus Phoenix (at home no less). How can you possibly write off a team that had one bad game? (and yes, I know it was awful. Beyond awful. The Cleaner awful).
Look, I'm not saying the Cavs are on the same level as the Suns; no Cavs fan is a big enough homer to argue that. You simply can't at this point. But writing off a team simply for one bad performance? 1 bad road loss out of 82 games? Obviously the Cavs are still a work in progress and I don't want to sound like I'm making excuses for the Suns game (they got slaughtered, Buckeye style), but they are a work in progress (hell, they've just now noticed that when you get your talented 7'3" center the ball on a regular basis, he produces. Weird!). You can't pass judgment on a team based off of one game. You just can't.
Come on Sports Guy, you're better than that.
The most popular sports writer (at least the most popular NBA writer) in America just threw the Cavs under the bus. Hopefully that'll get under the skin of a few people at the Q.
Shut him up LeBron.