LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Lose Crucial Game Seven in Boston

Tommy BalcetisCorrespondent IMay 18, 2008

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell today in their seventh battle against Boston Celtics. The Celtics, who have yet to win on the road, are going to face Detroit in the Eastern Conference finals. Chauncey Billups said he is 100 percent good-to-go for the upcoming showdown.

The King's efforts were not enough for his team to overcome a recurring three-to-six-point deficit in the second half.

Pierce, a.k.a. The Truth, kept scorching the Cavs with jumpers and occasional three-point plays. He did not really receive much support from the other members of the Boston Three Party. Garnett had a mere 13 points and Allen a disappointing 4 points with 1-6 shooting.

In fact, Pierce didn't really need help from the Three. Veteran effort from PJ Brown, and amazing hustle from Eddie House and James Posey kept the Celtics ahead in the game. Brown (10 points) was one of three players in double figures wearing green.

On the flipside, the Cavs showed tremendous effort keeping up in the hyped-up Beantown, which has proved to be the Celtics' safe house this postseason. LeBron had his best game of the season, shooting 14-29 with 45 points. Delonte West pitched in 15 points and five assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers went down with their heads held high. Not only did they hang with the regular-season winner in the full seven-game series, they did so with only one superstar—who did not actually play his best basketball.

It took a team effort to resist the Celtics, and they delivered every night. Now it's time for this Cleveland team to lick their wounds and come back next season, with team chemistry more solid than ever. Solid enough to once again take a legitimate shot at the title.

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