2010 NBA Conference Semifinals Preview: The Keys To Each Team’s Success

May 3rd, 2010 by Alex Shultz Leave a reply »
With the Atlanta Hawks’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, the semifinals of the NBA playoffs are officially set. Here’s the lowdown on what I think each team needs to do in their series to advance onwards.

Eastern Conference

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

Game One of this series was completed on Saturday, as the Cavs beat Boston to take a 1-0 series lead.

Cleveland’s game plan isn’t anything revolutionary. Get the ball to LeBron James and let him make the decisions. He’s the MVP of the league, and now is his time to shine. Anything less than a title will bring serious doubts about how committed James is to being a true champion.

This Cleveland squad, more than any other from years past, has the talent around King James to win a championship. Point guard Mo Williams needs to continue feeding the ball to Antawn Jamison and Shaquille O’Neal, because their presence inside takes a load of pressure off LeBron. Shaq’s clutch put-back bucket late in Game One only reinforces that idea.

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