I thought LeBron James Had Help This Year

John Boller@jboll0327Correspondent IMay 25, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 24:  Mike Brown, Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talks with players LeBron James #23 and Delonte West #13 during the game against the Orlando Magic in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the the Amway Arena on May 24, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. 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 Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

It's now three games into the Eastern Conference Finals and the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking lost. Well, everyone except No. 23.

After the first three games, James is averaging 41.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game. Meanwhile, his teammates are only averaging 55.6 points, and just 13.3 assists per game.

What is it about the Orlando Magic that has Cleveland down 2-1?

The three-ball.

The Magic are 25-of-60 (41 percent) from downtown, and the Cavs, just 18-of-70 (25 percent).

Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis are a combined 12-of-22, including hitting big shots in the fourth quarter of games one and two.

On the other side, the Cavaliers backcourt, Mo Williams and Delonte West, have attempted 46 three-pointers already in the series. They have shot 24 more three-point field goals than Turkoglu and Lewis, but only been able to knock down 11.

Dwight Howard, Orlando's all-star center, bounced back offensively tonight after Game Two’s 10 points, where he shot just three-of-eight from the field, and four-of-eight from foul line. That was then; tonight Howard was back in front of his fans.

Howard only attempted eight field goals, and only played in 28 minutes. Superman still finished with 24 points. He had 19 free-throw attempts, making 14 of them.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Orlando took 51 free throws tonight in Game Three and made 39. Cleveland only attempted 35.

The Cavaliers continued to try and play the Magic’s style of play, hoisting up 26 three-pointers. At least West only shot two. Williams attempted ten, only making three. And James had a rough night from behind-the-arc, shooting one-of-eight.

If the Cavaliers continue to try and play Orlando’s style of game, Cleveland will still be waiting to end the city’s title drought.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.