LeBron James: A King Surrounded By Jesters
One thing is certain for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have to win.
The only thing that isn't certain? How they're going to do it.
The Cavaliers are feeling the pressure with Game Four looming tonight. Down 2-1 in the series, the Cavaliers need to answer the call and push this series to a best of three. Or they can bow out, and leave LeBron James as a king without a crown.
Being the MVP, that wasn't a goal of LeBron's this season. Be the best team in basketball? That was a goal. Make it to the Eastern Conference finals? That was a goal. A championship? The ultimate goal.
No one said it was going to be easy, and the Cavaliers are proving just that.
LeBron has been on, even on a off night (11-28), James still managed to score 41. And get his team within five points in the last minute of the Game Three.
His teammates shooting? Mo Williams (32.1 percent), Zydrunus Ilgauskas (38.2) and Delonte West (41.9). They're the ones not up to par, and made this series seem like LeBron James vs. the Orlando Magic.
The Cavaliers picked the worst time this season to become a one-man show.
The key to all of this, is the supporting cast. If the Cavaliers could find it within themselves to return to regular-season form, this series would have a whole different feel to it. As long as the supporting cast struggles, the Magic thrive.
James understands he can't win a championship by himself.
"It's going to be tough," James said. "I know they can play a lot better. They know they can play a lot better. I don't want to put pressure on those guys. They've just got to come out and do it. We just got to knock shots down."
Game Four will be the Trial by Fire for the Cavaliers. If they can pull it out, they're looking at having a best-of-three series with the Magic, with two of those games at home. While it's no guarantee to win the home games, it's a positive to look forward to if you're a Cavaliers fan.
Everything though, starts tonight for the Cavaliers and their showdown with the Magic in Game Four.
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