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If Cleveland Cavaliers Lose in Semifinals Will It Change LeBron James' Fate?

CLEVELAND - MAY 03:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on with teammates Antawn Jamison #4 and Mo Williams #2 during a time while playing the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Boston won the game 104-86 to tie the series 1-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMay 4, 2010

The ultimate nightmare has doomed upon the city of Cleveland.

After suffering year in and year out, Cleveland has finally found their golden opportunity to actually win in a sport.

And now this...an injured LeBron James.

Honestly, what could be worse?

In Game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals the Boston Celtics led for the majority of the game. It was quite apparent to anyone watching the contest that LeBron James was clearly not himself.

James went 4-for-9 from the field in the first half, scoring 14 points, while missing four easy lay-ups in the first 12 minutes of action.

From the looks of things it seemed as if James' elbow was hindering his ability to perform and that his bold statement to Cavs fans that they had nothing to worry about was of major concern. 

After leading by as many as 11 points, the Celtics blew their lead and King James resurrected, going 5-for-10 from the field, knocking down two clutch three-pointers and ultimately capturing the W.

James didn't win this game, the Celtics lost it.

In Game Two the Celtics managed to silence the Q Arena, entering the fourth quarter with a 23-point lead against the Cavaliers (a team that only lost six games at home during the regular season) and eventually securing the victory (only the second loss for the Cavaliers during their last 15 games at the Q in the postseason).

Once again LeBron James seemed virtually unnoticed on the court, especially for a player that ranked fifth in the league in field goals attempted during the regular season.

It now seems like more of a reality that James is indeed injured and that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in huge trouble from here on out.

With the series now tied 1-1 and Boston gaining home-court advantage, is there a possibility that LeBron James' fate will change if the Cavaliers disappointingly lose in the second round of the playoffs?

The King has yet to give the city of Cleveland his commitment in re-signing with the Cavaliers.

If his team goes down against the Celtics they will have missed out in the NBA Finals during the two seasons that they lead the league record-wise.

While I have been one of those people that never expected LJ to depart from Cleveland, losing will certainly give James every reason to reconsider his current decision.

I mean, why would he want to remain with a team that continues to fall short in the postseason?

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but just remember that if Cleveland doesn't make it all the way to the NBA Finals (which doesn't seem very likely at this exact moment in time) Cavaliers fans have much more to worry about than just capturing their first championship ring.

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