We could have had three blowouts and a boring Thursday evening of playoff games if not for LeBron James. He had to go out and do something about that, didn’t he?
It has now been five years and 20 straight games since James has lost in the first round, a streak he continued by leading a 26-point comeback against the Pacers in Game 3. Cleveland now leads 3-0 in the series, and their mercurial roster has once again turned in a passing performance despite the entire paper being marked up in red ink.
What I’m genuinely curious about is whether we are seeing a new age unfold. Brad Stevens will be in Boston for as long as he wants. Brett Brown seems entrenched in Philly. Mike Budenholzer has all the power. We already mentioned Cliff — no offense to Kemba Walker, but Clifford’s the face of the franchise. Guys like Erik Spoelstra and Rick Carlisle are institutions at this point. Might we be looking at the era of the legacy coach?
We do seem to be stacking up more coaches as institutions than we have in recent memory. But institutions fall. I’m not convinced Clifford can outlast another losing season, and I think the bill will come due on Brett Brown if there isn’t additional progress next season. Carlisle is interesting Cheap Vintage Hockey Jerseys to me because he’s so well-regarded and the Mavericks are usually better than they have reason to be. But he’s not winning too many playoff games, you know?
There’s a piece of this narrative I am morally obligated to mention here: Diversity in NBA coaching is still bad. There are currently nine head coaches of color in a league that is 80 percent black. Spoelstra and Tyronn Lue are becoming institutions. David Fizdale is set for at least Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys a few years. Doc Rivers is his own boss. Nate McMillan goes into next year on fairly thin ice.