The Real Reason Behind the Cleveland Cavaliers' Success

Kyle WilliamsCorrespondent IMay 10, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 05: Mo Williams #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts a after a three point basket while 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. Cleveland won the game 99-72 to take a 1-0 series lead. 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)

With stellar play from the MVP LeBron James, point guard Mo Williams, and along with production from role players such as, Delonte West, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao, and Wally Szczerbiak, the Cleveland Cavaliers are rolling through the NBA Playoffs.

With a combination of Defense and Offense, LeBron James and company are making their playoff run, as of now, as easy as possible.

James has been a huge factor of this recent success.

James has averaged a baffling 33.7 points per game along with grabbing ten boards and dishing out 6.6 assists per contest. His most recent trip out on the court reflects these numbers when he put up 47 points and snatched twelve rebounds.

Despite James' play, no one, not even the MVP, can carry a team by himself. However, if there were any player to do so, we might see a glimpse of how if would be done in LeBron James' performances thus far in the playoffs.

The supporting cast, though, have arguably been even more considerable than James. Mo Williams, Delonte West, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and others make up of possibly the NBA's most role player-filled roster.

Ilgauskas, West, and Williams have each allotted averages of over 10 points per game in the playoffs. These three players along with Anderson Varejao, Wally Szczerbiak, Daniel Gibson, and Ben Wallace see their share of points and other statistics that make their team thrive and ignite the crowd at home both in the playoffs (4-0), and in the regular season (39-2).

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But there is one thing that Cleveland posseses that many other teams seem to lack.


Whether it be heart, to get through tough times in a certain game, will, to win close games and never let up in blowouts, or one of the biggest factors, they have fun while they play.

It is something that you learn right when you start playing the game.

Just have fun.

The Cavs look for every opportunity to be their boisterous selves. They are all full of joy that both boosts their self-esteem, and lowers their opponents'.

A prime example of this is in Game two of their semifinal matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, the bench was so eager for their teammate, Mo Williams, to win one simple jump ball against the Hawks' Flip Murray.

When Williams did win the jump, the bench erupted, which led to the crowd doing the same.

Granted, the Cavs haven't had much competition in the first two rounds thus far, matching up against the likes of the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, but they are undefeated (7-0) and have one each of their games by +10 points, the first NBA franchise to do so.

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