LeBron James' Game Five Performance: Why the Cavs Will Win the Series

Gage Arnold@GageArnoldCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 28: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to his teammates before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 28, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Just when the series was over, he came through yet again. LeBron James was the knight in shining armor once again. With the Cavs down 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, the odds of a comeback aren't likely.

In fact their odds hover around eight in 100, since only eight teams have ever come back to win a series from being down 3-1. But this is LeBron James, the MVP of the league.

So you are Mike Brown. You are already down by two games in the series and you're heading back home. You have the media on you and your star players' back. So what do you do?

You come out to a roaring lead to begin the game and the crowd gets behind you as you storm to a 35-18 end to the first quarter. Your second quarter is an absolute disaster, you fail to stop the Magic, and yet again you, Mike Brown, chose to put Delonte West on... Hedo Turkoglu?

Wow, I mean coach you should have learned from past losses that matching 6' 2" Delonte West on 6' 10" Rashard Lewis is usually not a good choice for your squad, but you ended up hobbling in to halftime only up one at 56-55.

The third quarter began in the same way, with your Cavs stumbling out to another weak third quarter, but then it got turned around and we were sitting dead even coming into the fourth.

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This is where the story gets interesting. LeBron James did what he does, he truly shot the Orlando Magic to death. While LeBron has done this before, he has never had an opportunity like this in his life. This is where our story takes a twist.

The sports world has declared the Cleveland Cavaliers dead, but here's the thing; while Cleveland didn't do anything truly different to mix things up, LeBron managed to bear the load and will them them to another victory.

Here is where my question comes in. Who has LeBron solely and always come short of? It is of course Jordan.

LeBron will never be able to take over a game consistently in crunch time and deliver every time. This is where LeBron can take the next step to being compared to Jordan.

He knows he will always have to live up to him, and he knows that there is only one way to be in that conversation—deliver in the clutch. He now has the stage of well, the world at his feet. Everyone is watching.

If he can take this team on his back in Orlando for Game 6 and carry them to another win in Game 7 back home in Cleveland, that may be exactly what he needs to further his legacy and live up to the hype. If he is ever going to take the next step, this is where it is going to be. He knows this is where it has to happen.

This is where the next step happens. LeBron has the stage, the spotlight is on him.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."