Quantcast 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers: 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers Second Round Playoff recap

 

A King's Inauguration

 

Lebron James played his first NBA Game as the league MVP on Tuesday, and did so in an MVP-Like fashion.  James led the way with 34 points, 10 boards, and 4 steals, en route to a near 30 pt. defeat of the Atlanta Hawks.  The game looked highly competitive at halftime, with Cleveland only ahead by 5 points, and Atlanta's fast paced offense hitting on all cylinders.  However, the second half told a tale of two different Atlanta Hawk teams.  The Hawks mustered a mere 28 second half points, while Cleveland totaled 28 points in the 3rd quarter alone!  It seemed as though the #1 seeded Cavs went into the half with a little bit of a gut check, but responded in a way that only a 66 win team should.  The Cavs totally clamped down defensively on the Hawks, who only got 20 combined points from players NOT named Smith, Bibby, or Johnson.  An effort as lacking as this from Atlanta can almost certainly assure the Cavs its second consecutive short series, reminiscent of the 2001 L.A. Lakers team, who only tasted defeat once in the playoffs that year. 

 



 

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The Atlanta Hawks should present a much more difficult foe for Cleveland, as opposed to the aging Detroit Pistons of the previous round.  However, the Hawks are coming off a very grueling, and competitive seven game series versus the Miami Heat.  The Heat's team is comprised similar to Cleveland's, in that they feature a main component, surrounded by B to C level talent, and role players.  The difference makers between the two teams are experience and team chemistry.  Both Dwayne Wade and LeBron James shoulder about 80% of their teams' load, leading in almost every stat line possible.  The 2nd level talent bodes a huge difference in favor of the Cavs, in who might have been the team's M.V.P., Maurice "Mo" Williams.  Mo has been that missing link, and second scorer that the Cavs have missed since the departure of Carlos Boozer after the '04 season.  Williams not only made the all-star team, he brought a level of confidence, and consistency to the Point Guard Position that the Cavs had been missing during LeBron’s 6 year tenure in the Association.  If Cleveland's stars can continue to play to their star potential, the Hawks are sure to become quick victims, in the warpath of this 2009 Cavs Basketball Team.

 

by Steve Rivers
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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