For Cavs fans, this is not what you wanted. Yes, the threat of despair has once again beset the city of Cleveland.
Everything from Wednesday till the end of the NBA playoffs represents hope and hunger for Northeast Ohio. I have seen the Internet barber shop clips where everyone is torn about what LeBron means to Clevelander's. One can clearly see that there is a lot of pain and suffering out there.
The match up with the Orlando Magic is an awkward one. Rashard Lewis and "Hedo" are low rent clones of LeBron James. Versatile, long, decent ball-handling skills, and a great jump shot. Neither are six foot eight and 260 plus pounds, yet they pose problems due to Cleveland's inability to guard the hybrid forwards of the NBA.
Danny Granger, Al Harrington, Antoine Jamison, Caron Butler, Ron Artest, Kevin Martin are just a few, at any given time in a match-up with Cleveland, that will score big in games against LeBron and the Cavs. I did not mean to forget about Jamal Crawford, he to makes Libero work just a little harder on defense.
I have mentioned towards the end of LeBron's career I foresee him as the ultimate power forward. You cannot guard him from three, you cannot guard him on the wing, and you will not be able to guard him on the block. Only now you do not ever see LeBron go "Down There".
It is said that it bores him to play from the low post. Wally and the "Wild Thing" certainly will not be able to handle the task of guarding Lewis and "Hedo". Orlando is a "small ball" franchise that lives and dies by the three-point shot. They also have the personnel to make them too.
No, I did not forget about Joe Smith, you are asking a lot of him to dominate in a reserve roll this late in his career.
We are not talking significant minutes at the four spot for James, just enough to bring it home. In the end that is what this thing is all about, out coaching your foes in the heat of the battle. Boston was not the better team last season, they had the better coach.
In no way is that a slight on Mike Brown, games one, five, and seven versus the Celtics last year showed he just was not ready. This year Brown has been coaching his $%# off!! He instructs his third string just as hard as the first, I noticed this in the pre-season when it was time to get the kinks out.
Besides, four has been a good number as of late anyway.