Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  26 responses

Shaquille O’Neal Upset With Playing Time?

Despite a stellar performance through the first 3 quarters, Shaq barely saw the floor in the 4th quarter in Boston yesterday, and there were indications that he was less than pleased. Teammate LeBron James was also surprised by the coaching staff’s decision to keep the big fella on the bench: “Shaquille O’Neal played his best playoff game yet in a Cavaliers uniform and finally looks as if he’s finding his rhythm after nine postseason games. He scored 17 points, pulled in six rebounds and blocked two shots in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. He also barely played in the fourth quarter after getting his fifth foul with 11:11 left in the game. From that point on, the Cavs didn’t play the same, as an emboldened Celtics team went on an 8-0 run immediately after his removal from the game. But why didn’t he return? ‘Shaq played extremely well and I think it’s kind of surprising that we didn’t see him back on the floor the entire fourth quarter,’ LeBron James said after the 97-87 loss. Indeed, O’Neal proved effective offensively, but in other ways, as well. Early in the game, he was responsible for drawing fouls from Celtics defenders, a fact that put them in trouble and put him at the line 11 times in the game. But his absence in the fourth gave point guard Rajon Rondo, who was already having a game that will be emblazoned in Celtics lore, the space he needed to continue his torrid pace. With the middle freed up, the Celtics became much more active.”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The Grimace continues to confound McDonald-Land time and again.

  • http://verse-is.blogspot.com Verse-Is

    If the Cavs don’t win an NBA championship this year, the blame will fall squarely on Mike Brown’s shoulders and IMO he should be fired. If the Cavs really want to keep King James beyond this season, the change needs to be made. No dis to what Mike Brown has done thus far but if he can’t get it done with this squad he’s got to go

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Hmmm, somebody causing trouble in Paradise?

  • MikeC.

    @Eboy – The Grimace just didn’t want The Hamburglar’s appetite to get all riled up, so he benched him to save his energy…and the post-game meal.

  • BostonBaller

    LBJ is the coach so don’t blame Brown for everything. I thought Brown should have been benched for leaving some of his better players in the game late in the 4th in game 3 when one of them could’ve gotten injured. Brown will be fired at seasons end regardless of outcomes and it sounds like LBJ is at least hinting that he be gone if there is any chance of him returning in a Cavs uniform. Just listen to LBJ’s post game interviews. Case in point. “Mike and I react & see things differently” after a big loss. Re-read his comment about Shaq’s 4th qtr minutes above…there has been plenty of times LBJ has publicly questioned Brown decisions after losses. LBJ is the star and I think management should get his input on some important matters.

  • Drew

    Mike Brown really isn’t a good coach at all. There’s been plenty of examples posted on here in the past showing how he defers to LBJ or his assistant coaches in crunch time situations. Even if say it was a defensive set and so he defers to his assistant specializing on their team’s defense being the head coach he should still be in the huddle and listen in on the play and not stand off to the side of the huddle pacing back and forth looking like an idiot.

  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    And heeeeeeere we go…

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Oh, Shaquilla.

  • BostonBaller

    Brown & Woodson were separated at birth

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I’m not sure there’s been an NBA coach out there who’s ignored input from his staff, ignored his players and just come down out of the mountains and handed out his instructions like commandments since Moses – well, or maybe Auerbach (same thing).
    As for in game adjustments don’t you think he has all the same help? Same advice?
    But there’s a reason he has the title head coach, and that’s because he’s the guy in charge of the team. He’s the guy responsible for the things that work right and the things that work wrong – no matter who suggests them. He has to act on the right ideas, and ignore the ones that are going to make things worse or hurt confidence/moral. Not an easy balancing act when dealing with so many super-egos.
    Anyway, a big factor with game #3 is how much practice and video time was available before the game. Frankly, the Cavs never got their starting 5 and rotations in to high gear this season, and it’s still a work in progress. Multiple days are often needed to make major adjustments and we were very fortunate to have the time; but all the credit in the world has to given to the staff and players for getting it done.
    So yes, in game adjustments have been a weakness of Mike’s as he’s used to breaking things down on tape, and how he needs to “look at the tape” before he’ll even comment on what went wrong in a game. This is actually a topic I brought up long, long ago, and I do believe I nailed it. Unfortunately, this has been drummed in to fans head like a mantra to the point they don’t even recognize when he actually makes an effective in-game adjustment – or ignorantly write it off because as it turns out someone else on the team suggested it – and silly Mike goes and credits them.
    Mike has a number of strengths including his LACK of stubbornness as evidenced by his willingness to accept input from others; but his biggest strength is likely his ability to help a team fight through adversity, which he demonstrated under the worst possible circumstances after the Palace Brawl and again in preparing the team for game #3. He did not lose the team, they did not devolve in to bickering and pointing fingers, they simply rebounded and dropped the biggest playoff win ever .vs. the supposedly rejuvenated and well rested C’s right on their home floor.
    With the season and ultimately his job at stake, he delivered. End of story.

  • Robb

    I’m sorry, but Mike Brown is the worst coach in the league. End of story.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    It amazes me how NBA rumors get started and just continue to circulate with fans who buy into them whole heartedly without thinking for themselves or questioning where it all started. The cavs win 60+ in back to back seasons, make annual runs in the playoffs, and have hands down the best chemistry in the league. Mike Brown should get credit for all of those things, not just Lebron. Anton: Thanks for providing thoughtful insight into why you believe Mike Brown is a good coach. Robb: see Anton’s post and try backing up your argument next time. Think for yourself instead of just recycling rumors. Is Mike Brown the best coach in the league? No. Is he the worst? Only an idiot would look at his resume and make that claim.

  • http://aol.com RUN’N'GUN219


  • blackonblack

    PJ + MJ = MB + LBJ

  • Shem

    O’neal should be fortunate he’s still on a contending team after almost 2 decades of great basketball. I love him and always have, but guard Perk hard for 25-30 mins and get big men in foul trouble. He was awesome in the last game, but don’t pick at it

  • Yesse

    I think the one who should complain about the playing time is Ilgauskas. Shaq got caught in some foul trouble and i don’t think i even saw the Big Z play. Now the hating on Mike Brown in some of these comments is ridicilous. He has created a good team and a good chemistry. If they fire him, that might break.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I too found it puzzling that Shaq didn’t get back in the game. I think its obvious that LBJ is not a fan of Mike Brown and whether he’s a good coach or not he’s out the door if they don’t win a Championship this season… maybe even if they do win. What better bargaining chip to have with Lebron this summer than: “We can pay you the most AND you get to pick your own head coach.”

  • http://www.realfakesports.com RFS

    Shaq plays 20 minutes, scores 8 points in game 5 and this story goes away.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    For some reason I just couldn’t stop laughing at RUN’N'GUN219′s comment.

  • http://www.youtube.com/ The Promise

    Co-sign RFS. Mike Brown should leave him in the game in the 4th quarter next game, so Boston can hack him so he can brick free throws and it will help keep the ball out of LeBron’s hands.

  • J

    in this point the blame is on Brown. i think he shoud’ve played shaq more in that 4th. but lets not point all of our fingers to him. it’s not that what cost this game for the cavs. its the overall defense particularly on rondo, and the rebounds and again the absence of Mo. i agree with Anton, (and one of the few posts wherein he didn’t make me laugh)

  • Trout

    Maybe Mike Brown smells of baby powder and puppies and not jet fighers and punching.

  • J

    and seriously when is the time were gonna use a FULL-SHAQ?? ever since he became a cav it was all “reserve and limit his minutes for the playoffs” were already in the semis! i think he had conserved enough for us to use him in full say 30-33 mins a game. lets use all of whats left. aside from a couple of great games Diesel never really had his momentum going.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I can’t believe that Mo’ Williams has gone this far without being thrown under the bus.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    F^ck Shaq.

  • fanatyc

    Mike Brown = EPIC FAIL!!!

    End of story.