Atlanta -- The Cavaliers index is up today, as traders responded to their three-game winning streak. Futures, however, remained unchanged as investors were still wary of the team's inconsistency and the general softness of their last three opponents.
It sounds like I know what I'm talking about, right. Like I missed my calling and I should've joined the financial media. Yeah, right. Although, Dan Gilbert ripped us sports hacks last season by telling us the financial press never jumped to conclusions or published rumors like the heartless, idiotic sports press. Of course, had the financial media been as mindful as the local sports media of a potential disaster like Larry Brown running the front office, maybe Enron wouldn't have been allowed to run wild for all those years, eh?
Anyway, the Cavs look like gangbusters again after beating the Hawks last night. But I think they still show way too much inconsistency for their own good. They were very lethargic on defense last night, perhaps focusing on their post-game plans a little early. This is one of the main reasons they continue to be streaky, because they don't bring the same effort every night. They too often play to the level of their opponent and it has come back to bite them on more than one occasion. The fact that they're 10-1 at home against team over .500 and just 5-4 against teams below .500 says it all.
Friday they have a chance to win the season series from the Pacers and they ought to be out for blood. But that attitude has often been lacking this season, so we'll see.
By the way, I read today that Isiah Thomas totally denies the sexual harassment charge leveled at him by a former Knicks employee, saying:
"I will not allow her or anybody else, man or woman, to use me as a pawn for their financial gain."
The charges may indeed be trumped up, but were he to say that in court, I fear Jerome James (five years, $29 million) may be called as a rebuttal witness.