Can The Boston Celtics Bring Down LeBron James and The Cavaliers?
Quite honestly, I'm sick of hearing that the Cavaliers are undoubtedly the best team in the NBA and have the best chances of winning the NBA championship.
For starters, the Orlando Magic are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions. So if any team has the greatest chance of making it back to the NBA Finals, it's indeed Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.
Focusing on the second round of the playoffs and more specifically the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics, could an upset be rumbling in the making?
In the two victories that the Celtics had against the Cavaliers during the regular season, Boston's benched outscored Cleveland's by an average of 12.5 points.
In this series, the Celtics will have to rely heavily on the bench production of Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis.
While Wallace has been a major disappointment during the season, he could provide much needed offense during this semi-finals matchup, as well as defense where the Cavaliers led the NBA in total rebounding percentage.
Standing 7'0" tall with the ability to knock down the open trey ball, Wallace's opponent will be forced to step out of the paint and onto the perimeter, giving Boston an advantage for second chance points.
Big Baby Davis averaged 8.8 PPG and 4.8 RPG during the first round of the playoffs and will be depended upon to bring tons of energy off the bench, and will also be assigned the task of containing Anderson Varejao.
The Numbers Don't Lie
A major advantage for the Boston Celtics will be their exceptional ability to pressure their opponents. In the regular season Boston ranked second in the league in opponents turnovers per game, forcing 15.6 per game.
If the Celtics can bombard the Cavaliers with immense pressure during each and every possession Cleveland will have a clear problem on the offensive end of the floor.
One bad stat for Cavs fans
The Cavs led the league in numerous categories during the regular season, but did you know that they ranked dead last in the league in free-throw percentage?
Yup, that's right. Cleveland shot a whopping 72.0 percent from the charity stripe, a clear indication that if during any fourth quarter in this series the final minutes came down to clutch free-throw shooting, the Cavaliers would be at a major disadvantage. (Not to mention that LeBron's free-throw percentage dropped from last season to this year).
Is LeBron James hiding his injury?
The answer to this question could be the deciding factor for this series. LeBron seemed to be in pain when he unexpectedly shot his final free-throw shot of the first round using his left hand.
James told the media that he felt a stinging and numbness pain after getting hit in his elbow nearing game fives end.
James' elbow was diagnosed as a strain along with a bone bruise as reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
LeBron played in full practice and will be on the court tonight, but what if he takes another shot to the same elbow during this intense battle?
If he shot a free-throw using his left hand it's apparent that his right elbow was in an extreme amount of pain. If something were to happen to his elbow again this could be a nightmare in his chasing dream to his first NBA championship.
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