If the Cavaliers Lose To the Celtics, Is LeBron James as Good as Gone?

May 5th, 2010 by John Friel Leave a reply »
The Cleveland Cavaliers have racked up a total of 127 wins over the past two seasons and have established themselves as not only an Eastern Conference powerhouse but a force in all of the league.

A seven-game series against Cleveland early in the postseason usually is a death sentence; just ask the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and Detroit Pistons, who were beaten by the Cavs by a combined 12 games to one.

Over these two seasons, Cavs star LeBron James has won two straight MVP awards, with his latest being a runaway. No one was within miles of James, who averaged nearly 30 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high eight assists per game in leading the Cavs to another No. 1 seeding in the postseason after a 61-win season.

Life is good if you're in Cleveland, and life is even better if you're LeBron James.

Following last season's disappointing finish with a conference finals loss to the Orlando Magic, the Cavaliers were destined for their first NBA championship in the 2009-10 season. They signed All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal for the sole purpose of stopping Dwight Howard and later made a deadline deal to acquire All-Star power forwa ...

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