LeBron James’ game two buzzer-beater can’t hide Cleveland’s deficiencies
We’ll remember ‘The Shot’.
With one second remaining in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James hit an impossible three-point shot to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 96-95 victory over the Orland Magic.
The play seems significant for two reasons. First, the series is tied one-one heading to
However, accepting this analysis would be deceptive. Here’s the real issue for Cavalier fans: James’ heroics will undoubtedly overshadow the club’s shortcomings through the beginning stages of this series. And this is a problem.
And this is a problem.
After all, the odds on favorites have blown leads, played marginal defense, and left the bulk of scoring to their superstar. In a surprising twist, the roles have been reversed in the Eastern Conference Finals;
The knockout punch has been missing. For example, in the first two contests, the Cavaliers have blown double-figure leads in the second half and allowed the Magic back in the game. Worst of all, these lapses occurred in Quicken Loans Arena, where King James’ squad lost one regular season match all year.
Their balance has disappeared. James has scored 83 of
‘The Shot’ was memorable. But it could be meaningless if
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