Why Cleveland’s Domination Has Been Nothing but Boring
When you have single handedly put the flash on both your first and second round opponents, it gives you the right to sit back and kick your feet up while watching your potential foes dismantle each other in a seven game series.
This is exactly what the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing right now. Resting up, perhaps using the lauded hyperbaric oxygen chamber for extended relief. But is this even necessary after watching what Cleveland did to Detroit in the first round, and Atlanta in the second? I won’t lie, it’s been tough watching any series the Cavaliers have been a part of in this post season. You can attribute most of that to the way I’ve been lathered by the Boston/Chicago series. But just as much as you can make an argument for the Cavaliers having too easy of a road in the post season, I can make an argument for why the Cavaliers will be hanging a banner next season.
On to the obvious: the road starts and ends with lots of praise for LeBron James. A player who, hard to believe, has become even more well-rounded. James seems hell-bent on carving his name into a elite class of players whom we discuss using only one name. Want more of a disgusting thought? All postseason James has been knocking down the perimeter shot, and showing improved range behind the three point line. If this is a precursor of what the rest of the league has to deal with for the next ten to fiftteen years, then I think I’ll be blessed to watch another special player in his prime.
With all that being said, let’s not get lost on what the Cavaliers are as a group. Being on the same team as a player as special as LeBron sometimes leads to “stargazing”, as some like to call it, and this hasn’t been evident for one second. The addition of Mo Williams and the surplus of either rugged post defenders or spot-up three point shooters has led to a Cavaliers team that is not only offensively balanced, but built for the postseason with its ability to defend and rebound in a halfcourt-oriented game.
Now is any team perfect? Of course not. Right now, if you wanted to be a stickler, turn your head to the Cavaliers’ bench ,which has been responsible for spotty play, at best. Daniel Gibson and Wally have had their issues shooting the ball, while Ben Wallace surprisingly has been seeing lots of the bench as opposed to the court. Leaving the subject of the reserves, it would serve the Cavaliers well to get Ilgauskas going, as he has been noticeably struggling with his perimeter shot. Game four against the Hawks was a good sign, with Big Z netting 14 and 10. With the layoff, however, you worry about the lack of a carryover effect.
Though the Cavaliers have to play the games, there’s no reason to expect Cleveland not to get out of the Eastern Conference. Boston is missing their key piece, and Orlando just does nothing to impress me. (That includes you, Dwight Howard, and your lack of a go-to move.) I think this is Cleveland’s year to win a championship. They can defend and rebound better than anybody, and they have arguably the best player in the game, a player who can single-handedly take over a series by himself. With LeBron James now counting an MVP trophy among his possessions, there is no better time to add a Larry O’Brien trophy to the mix.
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