Cavs players Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson encouraged fans to get loud at tonight's showdown with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. But they hope sanity prevails.
"They should be the No. 1 fans in the whole league like they have ever since I've been here,'' Williams said. "I think they're going to be extra hostile, which I understand. I think we should just keep it safe. Go back to the 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.' We should follow that. Though words hurt a little bit, try to keep the sticks and stones away.''
Asked if words can hurt, Williams said, "If words don't hurt, it'll get to you. We just need to get to him for 48 minutes.''
Cavs coach Byron Scott told the fans, "Be respectful and be professional. Come here and cheer the Cavs on. Be our sixth man like you've been all season long. That's all we expect.''
Gibson asked fans to use restraint.
"This game is a very emotional game,'' he said. "Sports connect with people, so when they get out there emotions are going to fly. Pretty much anything goes as long as you don't take it too far.''