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When your back is against the wall, great players always step their games up to another notch.  Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals saw LeBron James, do just that, and elevate his team to a crucial win over the Magic, 112-102.  The Cavs found themselves in their first elimination game of the 2009 NBA Playoffs, facing a 3-1 series deficit versus Orlando.  LeBron James put together a huge triple double, of 37pts, 14 rebounds, & 12 assists, which has become a normalcy in James' game.  James seemed to have energized the entire team, with Mo Williams putting in 24 points, and a near double-double by Big Z, 16pts & 6 boards.  Williams faced a lot of scrutiny for his post game comments after a recent loss to Orlando, guaranteeing the Cavs would win the series.  Williams putting up 24pts to aid his team needs to be a constant if he is to avoid further ridicule, not to mention, save the Cavs' season.  The Magic put up a good fight, especially in the first half, cutting a 20+ point deficit, to one point, by halftime.  Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu did their parts in helping the Magic, with 24 and 29 points respectively.  However, the Magic got a combined 5 for 23 shooting performance out of Rafer Alston, and Rashard Lewis.  Lewis has been a crucial part to the Magic's success in this year's playoffs, and if they aren't getting his best along with Howard and Turk, the Magic often struggle.  Mickael Pietrus came in and provided the production off the bench that he's been recognized for thus far, but, just wasn't enough for Orlando to close out the series.

 

 



 

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It seems as though it took Cleveland to be near elimination in order for them to wake up, and play like they have all season.  Winning 66 games, and then sweeping thru the playoffs prior to the Eastern Finals, will allow you to become a complacent team, and take your opponents very lightly.  Although, the Magic owned a winning record against the Cavs, in the regular season 2-1, so taking them lightly shouldn't have been a thought.  Orlando's size and athleticism has exposed Cleveland in those areas, which seems to have caught them by surprise, as they were often left without an answer.  I do think however, that Thursday may have been the Cavs' best shot, and Saturday's game in Orlando may be the end of the road for Cleveland.  I expected the Cavs to come out and play with extreme enthusiasm, and wouldn't have been surprised by a Cleveland blowout of Orlando.  However, Cleveland hasn't performed well in Orlando's building at all this season, and will be greeted by a very spirited Orlando crowd, and a determined Magic team.  A season that has been a dream for the Cavs, has quickly become a suspense thriller, with the Cavs now fighting for their playoff lives each time they take the floor.  While thrillers such as this, have ended in favor of the team fighting to hold on, it remains to be seen if the 2009 version is worthy of such a victorious honor.

 


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By: Steve Rivers
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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