Will the Cavaliers' Regular Season Success Translate to a Finals Win?

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMay 6, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 05:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses during team introductions prior playing the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  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)

LeBron James finally received his long-overdue MVP award; all the past rhetoric of "He has to wait his turn" has now faded into the background.

Cleveland is now known as the town that James built.

It's been so easy for him. His style. His signature freight-train move in the paint. He can handle the highs and the lows.

He showed it when he scored 25 points in his first NBA game. He has lived up to the hype more so than any other player in NBA history.

He has known since high school that he was better than everyone else but coaxed and cajoled his less-skilled teammates into greatness. 

He's done the same with this band of Cavaliers, who would gladly ride his sneakers to a possible championship this year.

The Cavaliers trampled the hapless Pistons, throttling them and sending them packing in four games. A once-proud franchise that simply did not want to live to see another day in the playoffs.

Now they face a marvelously gifted, athletic team that continues to play like the playoffs is a neighborhood pickup game in the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have Josh Smith, who in-spite of a four-year career with the last two spent in the playoffs, still doesn't understand the term power forward.

Joe Johnson still plays an ordinary game and doesn't seem to want to take charge through his play on the court. How can an NBA All-Star regress from scoring 22 points per game  in the regular season to 17 in the first round to 11 in the second round?

The Cavaliers blew the Hawks out and will continue to do so.  They may even sweep. The Hawks may get one at home, but it won't go more than five.

Have James' Cavaliers learned anything?


They have not been put to the test at all in the playoffs. Adversity builds trust and the heart of a champion; Cleveland has not had adversity in its quest to claim the throne for King James.

They will roll through the semis and again will have ample time to rest, but too much rest can lead to rust.

James himself can handle the adversity of rest, but can his teammates?

The only team that will push them to the limit in the East are the Celtics, and we all know they have their issues.

Boston is once again facing difficult challenges and is weathering the storm.

Yes, they lost game one. But so did the Lakers. The C's will bounce back. And by the way folks, the Celtics are winning on the road this year.

So Cleveland, enjoy this easy road. Because there is going to come a day when your team will have to man up and prove that the regular season accolades do mean something.


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