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A Dream In Jeopardy


Coming off a miraculous Game 2 three pointer at the buzzer, the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in a 2-1 series deficit and their dream of the Finals slipping in front of them.  Game 3 saw a sea-saw battle throughout the game, with Orlando just being too much for the Cavs to handle in the end.  Orlando placed the pressure on Cleveland, behind a 99-89 victory, and now forcing the Cavs in a must-win situation.   The Cavs got another monster game out of LeBron James, who's averaging over 41 ppg, in this series.  Mo Williams, Cleveland's usually reliable 2nd scorer, followed up with a mere 15 points, to go with a bloodied face.  Williams caught an elbow from Orlando's Anthony Johnson, forcing him to the locker room for stitches.  While Mo and LeBron are usually enough for the Cavs, a total scoring output of 89 points, with the two combining for 56 of them, isn't going to be enough in this series.  Orlando got 24 points out of their star big man, followed by 4 other Magic players pouring in at least 13 points.  It was behind this very balanced attack that allowed the Magic to get the most substantial win in the series, thus far. 




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The Cavs haven't showed much flaw at all this season, let alone the post season.  However, the short-comings that have befell them in the past, have seemed to have come to the forefront in this series against the Magic.  Cleveland has been criticized for years, for not surrounded LeBron James with enough help.  Mo Williams is a much needed piece that has elevated the team as a whole, from confidence, to production.  The lack of athleticism along the Cavs' front line has been completely exposed by Orlando.  The Cavs lack the personnel to defend Orlando's wing players, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, and Mickeal Pietrus, as they are the main reason for Orlando's 2-1 series lead.  In fact, in all honesty, Orlando should be up 3-0, with Cleveland on the brink of elimination, if not for LeBron's last second heroics.  If the Cavs are to continue on their championship journey, it's going to take the supporting cast to step up on both ends of the floor.  While LeBron carries very broad shoulders, it's hard to imagine him being able to carry the full load through this type of adversity...or is it?

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By: Steve Rivers
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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