The Cleveland Cavaliers Need Mo, Mo, Mo!

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMay 25, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 24:  Mo Williams #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks at the clock while playing 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

The focus is not there.  The Cleveland Cavaliers have somehow lost the pulse of how they got here.  The long lay-offs and lack of competition in the first round has caused a once cohesive team to stumble. 

The Cavaliers now find themselves in an unfamiliar position. 

They are not only trailing the conference finals 2-1 they have lost two double-digit leads.  LeBron James has been scoring over 40 percent of the teams points every game. 

For all the changes they've made the Cavaliers eerily resemble the 2006 team that got swept by San Antonio

The bench has produced an albatross like 27 points in three games.  The Magic bench got 25 in game one alone.

The Cavaliers got Mo Williams to be James right hand man and it hasn't happened yet.

Mo Williams play has been inconsistent in the conference finals. That in itself is cause for concern because the team has no offense without the "King" on the court. 

Williams is a very good role-player who rode LeBron's coattails to his first all-star appearance.  His play has been anything but all-star quality. 

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When Williams played for Milwaukee he would routinely give the Cavaliers fit.  This past offseason, Cleveland decided that they wanted Williams on their side. 

During the regular season he averaged 17 PPG and 4 assists per game.  In Milwaukee, he was averaging six assists per game. 

In-spite of Williams assist total his decision making has been spotty at best. Time and time again when LeBron was sent to the bench to rest the offense would stall. 

When the defensive pressure of Orlando forced him to pick up his dribble, he either turned the ball over or put up a wild shot.

Mo is scoring but his shots often come under duress or from pressing to get things done. He has taken 19, 21 and 16 shots respectively in each of the first three games. 

Through the first two rounds his shooting woes were masked because the games were decided before half-time.

Williams only play of note so far has been his pass to James for the game winning three in game two.  After the pass he was seen dropping to his knees saying, "Amen, I do believe I am a witness." over and over again. 

Meanwhile James could barely move his body cramping from his massive efforts.

Game Three saw Anthony Johnson hitting him with an inadvertent elbow.  Williams received some stitches, but looked punch drunk and weary for the rest of the game.

His post-game tirade of "match-up problems" spoke volumes of the manner in which the Magic have stunned the Cavaliers and Williams' inability to do more.


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