Chase's Lists: Five Things We Learned from Game Three of the Cavs-Magic Series

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 24:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers steals the ball from Dwight Howard #12 of 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)

Last night, the Orlando Magic once again shocked the sports world with another win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Magic once again beat the once seemingly unstoppable Cavs with their depth and outside shooting.

The Cavs now look like a one-dimensional team that depends on LeBron James to have an amazing performance every game.

Here are five things I learned after watching the game:

5. NBA Players Shouldn't Attend Games after Their Team Is Eliminated

Last night, TNT was desperately trying to find a notable Orlando Magic fan. Seriously, how sad is it when Tiger Woods is the biggest star at your playoffs games? The cameras closed in on Dwyane Wade and Carlos Boozer, and one or two other players I didn't recognize. 

In my opinion, you just look bad attending the game after you just recently lost in the first round in the case of Wade and Boozer. I understand they may have friends on the Magic and Cavs, but leave the attention for the players on the court.

4. Mo Williams Was Overrated

The Cavs' players not named LeBron James, most notably Mo Williams, have disappeared lately, leading me to believe that just like in the 2007 Playoffs, LeBron is carrying this team.

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Mo Williams had another abysmal shooting performance and would not stop shooting, even in the fourth quarter when Cleveland needed to score. Williams had a great regular season, hitting wide-open jumpers set up by James, and giving LeBron a weapon he has never had: a true point guard.

I equate LeBron's struggle to find a sidekick, similar to the situation with Allen Iverson during his stay in Philadelphia. Each score so much that the second player is apt to shoot whenever he has the chance. LeBron, like Iverson, has had many players come and go during his young career, and no one has clicked with him yet.

Until LeBron finds his Scottie Pippen, he will have to continue to carry this Cavs team on his shoulders.

3. Don't Run Those LeBron vs. Kobe Hype Pieces Yet, ESPN and VitaminWater

Throughout the playoffs, the wannabe Gatorade company, VitaminWater, has been running these ads with people debating who is better, Kobe or James. ESPN has had nearly every writer on the site mention a Kobe vs. LeBron series.

But people need to realize that both of them could be watching the playoffs come Finals time. The NBA should be promoting the Magic and Nuggets, because these teams have just as good of chance of winning as James and Bryant.

I actually would enjoy a Nuggets-Magic series and think it would be good for the league, as it would be a showcase of two of the Association's smaller markets. Howard and Anthony are reaching superstar status and a matchup between the two would place them in the debate that Kobe and LeBron are in.

2. Dwight Howard Is Becoming A Clutch Player

Last night, we just may have seen the maturation of Dwight Howard. He hit over 50 percent of his free throws and couldn't seem to miss them during the fourth quarter, while King James, on the other hand, couldn't buy a free throw down the stretch.

Once Dwight Howard develops his offensive game to an elite level, which might be a stretch, Howard could become one of the best big men of all-time. His clutch performance in the fourth quarter needs to continue if the Magic are to pull off the upset.

1. You Can't Stop the Magic's Perimeter Offense, It Can Only Stop Itself

The Magic are arguably the greatest perimeter shooting team of all time. When they win, it seems that every three they shoot is bound to go in. Alston, Lee, Turkoglu (who had a less-than-stellar Game Three), and Lewis are all dead-eye snipers from beyond the arc.

But when the Magic lose, they seem to struggle from the downtown and shy away from it. The Cavs must find a way to stop their threes in the first half because the Magic are notoriously streaky, so if they get discouraged, they are a wounded animal.

Prediction for Game Four

Cavs: 94-92

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