Tonight the Cavs had a chance to close out their series with New Jersey in game 6 of the eastern Conference semifinals at the Meadowlands, and that's just what they did. The Cavs dominated the Nets in the first quarter by outscoring them 32-15, and went on to have a 53-38 halftime lead. In the 3rd quarter, the Cavs fell apart and let New Jersey back into the game, and when the 4th quarter started they lead the Nets 61-60. However, they would turn their game on again in the 4th, as they outscored New Jersey 27-12 and won the game 88-72. LeBron James scored 23 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists, but the story of the game for the Cavs was Donyell Marshall. Today was Marshall's birthday, and he celebrated that by coming off the bench and hitting 6 three pointers for 18 points, as well as 5 rebounds. Drew Gooden also had a great game, scoring 16 and grabbing 7 boards. Another Cavalier with a good game off the bench was Daniel Gibson, who hit 2 threes and a two for 8 points. Z and Wild Thing each had 6 points and Houghes had 5.
For Cleveland, this will be the 3rd trip to the Eastern Conference finals in team history. In 1976 they made it that far and lost to Boston, and in 1992 they made it that far and lost to Chicago. In 2007 the Cavs will face the Detroit Pistons to decide who goes to the NBA finals, with game 1 of that series coming on Monday night in Detroit.
Tonight the Indians won their 4th straight game, beating the Reds 9-4 in game 1 of the Battle of Ohio. Ryan Garko had a 3 run HR in the 6 run 2nd inning for the Tribe, and Sizemore hit a 2 run homer in the next inning. The win puts Cleveland at 25-14, and in first place in the central division. Tomorrow night I will be at the Indians/Reds game with the OSU athletic band.