How Can James Avoid a Maverick-Like Let Down

Tony TuckerCorrespondent IMay 13, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 07:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during action against  the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 7, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Every sports analyst in the country is deeming tonight as the biggest game in LeBron James Career.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, however I do know one thing,  it is the biggest game for the fans of the Cleveland Cavilers.

With the league getting ready to enter the highly anticipated free agent class of 2010, this could be James last game in a Cavs uniform.  Personally I don’t think James is going anywhere based on the fact that it doesn’t make sense.

James playoff career is trending towards another top player in the NBA.  Who is it?

Who are the two players beside James that the Cavs need to show up in order to beat the Celts tonight?

Stop Playing Like Cuban’s Kid

The Cavs have enter the playoffs for the second consecutive year with the best record in the NBA and are facing a game 6 elimination contest on the road.

There is no question that James is one of the most talented players in the league, if not the most.  The problem is that James can’t seem to get his team over the hump.  The pattern resembles the play of Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki.

The Mavs have become notorious for playoff let downs since losing to the Miami Heat in the ’06 Finals 4 – 2 (lost 4 straight).  The following season they lost in the first round to the No. 8 seeded Golden State Warriors.  

This playoff season they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st RD, at points they appeared much less than equal to a team that would eventually get swept by the Phoenix Suns.

Nowitzki is not the player you want to be compared to in the playoffs.  We can’t compare him to the games greats until he delivers in the games greatest moments.

These two men have both built up high expectations and neither has delivered.  They have been MVP’s, lead the league in scoring, and entered the post season with the best record in their respected conferences.

The only thing left do is prove your greatness on the biggest stage with everyone watching.

Dueling West and a Full Moon

It is obvious to anyone with two eyes and a functioning brain that James must have a huge game for the Cavs to have a chance to win tonight.

The two players that I want to see play more and have big games are Delonte West and Jamario Moon.

West hasn’t had a good game since game three, where he played 29 minutes and better yet was effect – scoring 14 on 5 of 7 from the floor and made all 4 free throws.

West in games 4 & 5 has been almost none existent, he must give them 25 good minutes off the bench and 15 points while shooting at a high percentage.

Moon hasn’t been a factor since their 1st RD series against the Chicago Bulls.  If Anthony Parker, Antwan Jamison, or Mo Williams struggles for any length of time, and they all will, they need to bring in Moon.

I would love to say that “NO SHOW MO” will play great in tonight’s game, but we all know he will disappear early and often.

If these two bench guys go for a combined 25 - 30 points in about 30 total minutes the Cavs will cruise to victory.

Things I want to see

Less Shaq - more Ilgauskas

James attack the basket 15 times in 1st QT – Even if he kicks out

Try to draw fouls on Garnett

More West and Moon

Prediction:  Cavilers 97 – Celtics 94

James #’s:  33 Pts 11 Reb 12 Ast 4 Stl 4 Blk


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