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The Cavaliers' Keys To Avoiding Embarrassment

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Kyle StrittholtCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

The Cavaliers have been completely out-played in this Magic series. They haven't been able to successfully shut down Dwight Howard, accept for their win where they held him to 10 points.

The biggest thing that killed them in Game Four was the Magic's perimeter shooting. They've put Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao on Howard, and one of two things happens. They give up an easy bucket and possibly a foul, or they try and double him and he kicks it out for an easy three.

What they need to do in this situation is put Ben Wallace in the game a lot more often. He has been the only one to at least cause some problems for Howard in the paint, and he had a great block with Dwight going to the rim.

Everything offensively that needed to happen for the Cavs happened, but they just couldn't stop the Magic's offense and the three-point shot that kept them in the game.

It doesn't look good for the Cavaliers in this series, and the odds are stacked against them. There have only been seven previous teams to come back and win from a 3-1 deficit in NBA Playoff history.

If the Cavs did not have home court I would count them out for tonights game, but I do think they will not dissapoint the Cavaliers fans and at least will win one more game.

Most teams can't come back from a deficit like this, but this isn't just an average team. They have the MVP of the league, two All-Stars, and the Coach of the Year.

They're not out of this years playoffs until the final buzzer sounds and the score has Cleveland down in points.

I've heard a lot of talk about Mike Brown not living up to his Coach of the Year award, and I think it's a stupid statement.

Mike Brown (with a large contribution from LeBron) has taken a team that was nothing, and has turned it into the best team in the NBA. One bad playoff game should not make him "unworthy" of his award.

I'm not saying the Cavaliers will win this series, but it would not suprise me a bit if they are still playing next Monday.

They have the talent to do so, with Mo Williams starting to be an aggressor and Deonte West learning where his range is for this series, they do have people who can score, not to mention the best player in the NBA.

LeBron needs to let his team get into a rythm. If at all possible try and get everyone to score before he attempts a single field goal.

LeBron was still trying to pass the ball around at the end of the game Tuesday, and give Orlando credit, they were making him stay outside the paint for most of the game. The time that he needs to carry his team is in the fourth quarter.

I'd like to see Wallace starting tonight, but at least give him some playing time, more than he's been getting.

If they continue, they have a possible chance of making this a series.

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