What LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Can Learn From Leon Powe

March 24th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
Two weeks ago, it appeared that Leon Powe would be an odd man out in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ postseason rotation.

Powe had returned to action in late February, nine months after surgery to repair a torn meniscus and ACL in his left knee. However—after four brief but promising performances—he played just four minutes against Detroit on March 5, and then not at all in subsequent games against Milwaukee and San Antonio.

Cavs coach Mike Brown said at the time that Powe needed court time to get up to speed in time for the playoffs but that, with the addition of Antawn Jamison and the anticipated return of Shaquille O’Neal in April, “the minutes may not be there for him.”

Brown found at least some of those minutes, however, and Powe is currently coming off a stretch of five games in which he averaged eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes a night.

It culminated in a breakthrough performance Sunday against Detroit, when Powe led the Cavs in scoring with 16 points and added seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

Perhaps most telling was the fact that Powe, who hasn’t yet regained t ...

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