The Cleveland Cavaliers have done it again. They completed their second straight sweep in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, with an 84-74 win against Atlanta in Game Four to advance for the second time in three years into the Eastern Conference Finals.
LeBron James led the way with 27 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, with DeLonte West joining the fight with 21 points and six assists for Cleveland.
The entire starting lineup, minus Anderson Varejao, was able to put up double digits in the scoring column, with only eight points coming from the bench. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was a beast, putting up a double-double performance with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Atlanta put up a good fight with Josh Smith dropping 26 points on the airtight defense of this Cleveland team. Joe Johnson also dropped double digit points with 18 points and seven assists.
The Cavaliers are on a monstrous hot streak, winning eight straight postseason games by double digits. The Cavaliers absolutely dominated the Detroit Pistons both at home and in Detroit, winning by 18, 12 ,11 , and 21 points respectively.
Against the injury-ridden Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs continued their dominance, winning by 27, 20, 15, and 10 points respectively.
Do these first two rounds imply anything about the near future of this young Cavs squad? Absolutely.
These first two rounds have shown that Cleveland is not here to mess around, and that, as Atlanta learned the hard way, if you boo LeBron James, you will pay for it on the court.
James, DeLonte West, Mo Williams, and the rest of this talented squad will not stop short of putting a ring on their fingers this year.
Every columnist out there who is writing that they can't do it, and that they aren't deep enough, is making a huge mistake, because little do they know that they are only fueling the fire that is already inside of each one of these Cleveland Cavaliers.
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