The usual postgame overreaction while congratulating Tim Donaghy and Ronnie Milsap on a fine job of refereeing tonight . . .
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2. As aggravating as it is to watch him flop and whine like his name is LeBron Lemieux, it really is fascinating to watch the Cavs' superstar do his thing over the course of a long series. When his shot is falling, I feel like he will score every time he touches the ball - its downright unfair that someone that big is able to change direction so quickly and effortlessly - and yet he insists on playing selflessly, which turns mediocrities such as Joe Smith and Delonte West into formidable threats. He really is an amalgam of Magic and Jordan, and if he ever develops a consistent midrange jumper, there will be no stopping him. At the moment, LeBron would be pretty easy to root for if the Cavs were facing a different opponent and the refs weren't pulling for him as well.
3. After his star turn in Game 5, Rajon Rondo (2 points) couldn't have looked more out of it in the first half last night, though he did redeem himself somewhat with a decent showing in the final minutes. So it goes with a young point guard, I guess. I give Doc Rivers credit for finally realizing that Sam Cassell is a mummy and turning the reigns over to Eddie House, who was terrific, when Rondo was moping on the bench. Who knows, maybe Doc does learn from his mistakes. Now, if he'd just realize that it might be wise to give Leon Powe a few minutes on a night when you're getting killed on the boards, there might just be hope for him yet.
4. Other scattered thoughts in the aftermath: I used to think Ray Allen looked slow because he was smooth. Now I'm starting to think he's just decaying. He and Wally Szczerbiak are basically the same player in this series, a slow, defensively challenged spot-up shooter . . . Big Baby got significant minutes down the stretch, and he hurt the cause. He couldn't score among the trees, and he was late on a rotation to LeBron in the final minutes, which is supposedly Powe's flaw . . . There are few things more aggravating than seeing Wally Zoolander (pictured at left) stick a dagger in your team. Somewhere, KG solemnly nods in agreement.
5. As for today's Completely Random Basketball Card:
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Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.