NBA Playoffs: Will Free Throws Doom the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Playoffs?

April 2nd, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Before I begin, I would like to make it clear that I fully anticipate that the Cleveland Cavaliers will most certainly mount a serious push for the NBA Finals.

Once again, for the second year in a row, they have clearly been the best regular season team in the NBA and should be considered by everyone to be one of the favorites to win it all in June.

But, if there is one thing which could lead to their downfall, it would be their inability to consistently knock down free throws.

One of this year's best NBA stories has been how the Cavaliers have managed to adapt their team with the purpose of capturing a NBA championship. And at a glance, Cleveland looks every bit the part of a champion.

The Cavaliers have one of the league's better team defenses, and they may have the deepest bench and they have the league's most complete talent in LeBron James; all of which are pretty good championship contender indicators.

But, Cleveland's NBA-worst 72 percent free throw percentage could be a critical flaw on their road to a championship, and the ability to covert from the charity stripe is something that cannot be understated.

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