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After four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs owners decided that almost wasn’t good enough. The Cavaliers had a midnight deadline Sunday night to fire the head coach, Mike Brown, or pay him the $4.5 million salary for next season.

The Cavs, who had the best record in the NBA the past two seasons, had a 2-1 series lead over the Celtics before losing three straight, including the final two at home by a combined 50 points. Which means the best team in the country was getting their butts spanked at home and that shouldn’t be happening.

“After a long and deep analysis of all of the factors that led to the disappointing early ends to our playoff runs over the past two seasons, we concluded that it was time for the Cavaliers to move in a different direction,” Gilbert said Monday in a statement released by the team. “The expectations of this organization are very high and, although change always carries an element of risk, there are times when that risk must be taken in an attempt to break through to new, higher levels of accomplishment.

“This is one of those times.”

The Good news for Brown is that with a lot of vacant coach positions around the NBA he will probably be picked up fairly quickly. Brown was the league’s coach of the year last season which many believe is because of LeBron, who is also a free agent this year.

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Stay tuned for more details.