Alright, I just finished up watching Game 4 (thanks tivo!) and here's what I got to say: better, but not there yet.
The Cavs played well during some stretches in the final game, but they still just couldn't match the Spurs for a full 48 minutes. They just weren't as good.
Which brings me to my main point (which Erik touched on): STOP CALLING THIS "THE SWEEP"!!!
Are we really that self loathing? Are we really that eager to add another notch in our belt of Great Cleveland Losses? I, for one, am not.
Those other losses (The Drive, The Shot, The Fumble, The Mesa) get names because of the nature of the losses. Those were devastating, soul crushing losses. Cleveland was winning and then lost late. They choked. They blew it. They failed when it mattered.
"The Sweep"? Please, this wasn't a devastating loss. Sure, it sucked and it definitely wasn't fun. But the Cavs were outplayed, outclassed and outvictoried. They were the inferior team. These losses weren't devastating, they were sobering.
These losses showed us how far the Cavs have to go in order to compete with the best teams in the NBA. They showed us that the Cavs have work to do. This series exposed the Cavs (and LeBron's) problems.
If you were devastated by these losses, then you are a moron. At the very least, you haven't been paying attention to the NBA all season and most likely just started watching the Cavs after LeBron dropped 48 on Detroit. If this loss was devastating, then you were probably one of the people bitching about 'no respect' when everyone was picking the Spurs.
The Cavs are a good, but not great team. They didn't blow this series. They didn't choke. They got beat by a (much) better team with a (much) better coach. Would I have liked them to win a game? Of course. Getting swept sucks ass. But the Cavs have nothing to be ashamed of. The fact that they got there at all was a miracle in and of itself.
They don't have an offense to speak of, their 3pt shooters can't shoot, they don't have any type of enforcer and/or shot blocker and they don't have a point guard. This team went as far as it could go. It beat all the teams that it should've beaten and it made the Finals and lost to a better, more experienced team.
So don't even attempt to put this up there in Cleveland sports heartbreak lore. It just doesn't work. Nothing phenomenal or amazing caused this sweep. This was a good team losing to a great team. Nothing more, nothing less. There's no shame in getting swept by the Spurs.
And if you really want to call something The Sweep, try these guys. The Cavs don't even compare.