The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Title Hopes Rest on the Shoulders of Role Players

May 13th, 2010 by Kendrick Marshall Leave a reply »
For the Cleveland Cavaliers to win an NBA championship, LeBron James has to be perfect.

That is the position the “LeBrons” have put the franchise in after falling behind 3-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics.

The destiny of the organization does not rest on the shoulders of No. 23. It rests on the shoulders of Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison, and Shaquille O’Neal.

Judging by the tenor of the reaction to James’ subpar Game Five performance, all of a sudden the best basketball player on the planet's legacy is on the line, and if the Cavaliers don’t advance to the NBA Finals, you can book him playing for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, or Los Angeles Lakers.

James was right when he told the press following the 120-88 defeat Tuesday that he has spoiled everyone with his play.

He has. Winning back-to-back MVPs does that.

However, no stud player can do it alone.

Kobe Bryant was average at best in the Oklahoma City series, and the Lakers won in six games. Dwight Howard was an afterthought against the Bobcats, but yet the ...

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