Cavaliers-Magic: Teammate Must Help LeBron or It Is a Thanks for Nothing Season

Bruce BostwickContributor IMay 25, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 24:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots 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 is looking more and more like the Cavaliers' season is coming to a close. 

Why does it seem like the rest of the team is afraid to go to the basket? 

Better yet, why does Cleveland never seem to get it right in the first place?

Other than LeBron James, nobody else seems to be putting forth the effort to go out and help him out quite a bit.  It is not the referees defeating them—it is Orlando executing better in the field.  When you shoot poorly, you do not win many games.

I do not care how many times LeBron scores 40 points—it means nothing unless they win the game.  That is always going to be more important than simply how many times can he score.  Too much has been put on him to keep them in, and it just isn’t enough.

Man, it does seem like Cleveland just can’t beat Orlando.  Maybe it is the end of the road—and talk about failure.  It doesn’t matter how many franchise records are broken, if you don’t win the championship in Cleveland, it isn’t good enough.

If the Cavs win the fourth game of the series, that is going to be the question.  A great regular season is nice but it is never going to be enough until a title is won plain and simple.

The conspiracy theory is that the league wants the Finals to be LeBron James against Kobe Bryant to see who is the man once and for all with all the gold on the line.  It probably won’t happen unless the Cavaliers start looking like the team that can beat anybody at any given minute.  You can make the case for the Lakers—though that’s another story for another time.

Mo Williams and company needs to quit trying too hard and remember what helped in the regular season.  Easier said than done, I know—but until that happens, consider this a lost season.  The saying "there’s always next year" should be changed to "there’s never next year," because each year it seems that something will go wrong in Cleveland.


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