May 14, 2010, 12:15PM
Speculation is rampant that Cavs coach Mike Brown has one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel following the Cavaliers' 94-85 season-ending loss to Boston at TD Garden last night.
We may find out for sure at Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert's 2:30 p.m. press conference today. The subject hasn't been revealed, but it's a safe bet he's not going to be passing out bonuses.
Brown’s decision to keep Antawn Jamison on Kevin Garnett is what ultimately killed the Cavaliers in the series. Doc Rivers pointed out that that was the matchup the Celtics focused on when the series began, and Brown wasn’t able to take away Boston’s No. 1 option. Garnett clearly had a huge advantage over Jamison, but for some reason Brown stayed with Jamison way too long and didn’t use Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson enough to combat Garnett in the post.
Joel Huerta, a veteran sports journalist with the Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News, writes a blog called onemanfastbreak.com, and if he's right, Gilbert is about to tell us that Brown is about to become one those who make up Ohio's 11.5 percent unemployment rate.
". . . It’s tough to fire a head coach who has won 127 games the past two seasons, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. The Cavaliers had the best record in the NBA the past two years, but failed to make The Finals twice. The players, including James, appear to have lost faith in Brown, whose inability to make the proper adjustments against Boston ultimately will cost him his job."