Dispite LeBron's Big Will, Cavs Still Have a Tall Order of Busniess
So where has amazing happened during the NBA playoffs? Well, one answer to that question would be in Cleveland or anywhere else that LeBron James has set foot this postseason!
No matter what the situation has been this postseason one thing LeBron knows for sure, if his team does lose or get embarrassed will not be on his watch.
How big is the will of LeBron? Well, if he has anything to say about it, it will be his team playing when the NBA Finals begin next Saturday night. Not the Orlando Magic. No, I am not playing Mo Williams and guaranteeing anything at this point.
I am saying that when you look at LeBron's performance last night landing him self yet another triple-double and scoring 21 points in the second half alone, and at that same time had a hand in 29 of his the Cavaliers 34 points in the final quarter. There is something very eerie about that.
Game five of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals when LeBron scored 25 straight points vs the Detroit Pistons type of eerie. We know what the result of his efforts at that time was.
However, before Cavaliers fans start telling themselves that they have seen this movie before, let's remember that only eight in NBA history have game back from a three-game-to-one deficit to win a series. The odds are against them.
A spin that Cavaliers fans could try to put on this series is a reminder of something they experienced for themselves just two short years earlier.
Although it is an entirely different sport you may remember that the Indians had a 3-1 series lead on the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 American League Championship series and could not get the fourth win they needed to advance to the world series.
However, if the will of the team does not match the will of LeBron and pick up their pace there will be no miracle of that kind for the Cavs.
What was encouraging to see last night was LeBron's supporting cast actually coming out and helping him from the start and still coming through for him Delonte West scored 13 points, Mo Williams came up huge with 24, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas ended up with 16, and even Daniel Gibson showed signs that maybe he will comeback to the form he showed in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals when came off the bench and scored 11 points last night.
What was discouraging was despite all of that, big things that have been issues for the Cavs occurred once again.
The bench was still outscored, they once again blew a big lead, they still have a hard time defending Orlando's offense, and once again when LeBron could have used help it was himself having to be the one to set his team up making big plays. This cannot continue if the Cavaliers are to make a historic comeback.
The Magic are coming home where they have had quite a bit of success against the Cavs. All of the pressure will be on the Magic to close this series out at home and perhaps that is how they would prefer it anyway.
A chance to give your fans that have come out and supported you and gone crazy for you during this playoff run would be a appropriate way for the Magic to end.
However, now they also have tall business because if they continue to give the Cavaliers chances to get back into the game like they did last night, it is back to Cleveland for an all bets are off game seven.
LeBron did restore hope to his team, and the fans by willing and the Cavaliers to a victory last night, however what makes this different from 2007? The Cavs had only one more game to win against a Detroit Piston team that was falling apart at the seams.
This time they are up against a young exuberant Orlando Magic team that will play you straight up for 48 minutes with one of the best head coaches in the NBA, and as a team has a will as big as LeBron's and the same goal that the Cavs do. Plus the Cavs have to win two more games to win the series.
After last night's game LeBron told the media that he is not ready to go home for the summer and play with his kids yet. Great that LeBron has that attitude, but it is up to his team do now have the same, and to example that on the court.
If they do not, it's back home to pack up for the rest of the summer for the team, and a summer full of extreme disappointment for it's fans.
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