With 5:53 left to play in the fourth quarter of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the league's Most Valuable Player of the last two years—the Cavaliers' best player in franchise history—was caught on a one against three versus a very commanding Boston Celtics fast break. Of course, Boston made a basket on that rush, and LeBron James was left in the dust, as well as all of the players for Cleveland, as the Boston Celtics eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers from the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
What was wrong with that paragraph above? What's wrong is that what I said should never have happened.
Not the Boston Celtics eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers part, because I'll give credit where credit is due, and Boston played a heck of a series.
But that first part: "the Cavaliers' best player in franchise history—was caught on a one against three."
That should not happen—not to LeBron James. The "King" made it seem like he was almost being forced to hold back and play a very conservative type of basketball during the majority of this game, due to his teammates' unacceptable shooting, passing, and defense.
That is not the LeBron James we all have grown to know and love, and we all know it. It's almost a shame to see how much effort James was putting in, especially in the fourth quarter, to rally his team back into the game.
I didn't see the LeBron that explodes towards the basket at full speed and releases off the floor to jam home a slam dunk.
I didn't see the LeBron that pulls out a three out of nowhere and either silences or pumps up the crowd.
I saw a LeBron that was being forced to hold back, a LeBron that was kept from an LeBron James type of game. Yes, Boston played great, they deserve every single point they got in this series, and they outplayed the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, tonight, I finally saw just how useless the rest of the Cavaliers' team is and how powerful LeBron James is to the team.
Antawn Jamison, Delonte West, Mo Williams—none of these players stepped up tonight, and it's a shame to see that. The Cavaliers have no depth at all, the team minus James is a nightmare, and they would be competing with the New Jersey Nets for the John Wall sweepstakes with him.
Believe me, before this game I wasn't that big a fan of LeBron James, but for some reason, after tuning in the entire game, I realized how ineffective a team really is when one player is not playing at 100%. Say what you want, but Cleveland without LeBron sucks.
He is a free agent this summer, and personally I hope he goes to a new team so Cleveland can really show the world how incredibly awful this team really is when just one player isn't there anymore.