What Can Cleveland Lean on at this Point?
May 28, 2009 by AlexV
The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves on the back end of four playoff contests in which three have gone down to the wire and could have been anyone’s game. However, the bad news is that the Orlando Magic have capitalized on two of those situations; game one on a Rashard Lewis three with under ten seconds to go, and most recently in game four in overtime off a LeBron James missed long three. The Cavs, who were the favorites for many to win this series, and perhaps the so-called “darlings” of the league, now need to become ferocious. If anything, there is one fact that they can lean on to fuel one notion they can believe in.
Cleveland this year was 39-2 during the regular season; one loss to the Lakers who they don’t have to worry about yet unless they both get to the finals, and the other to the Philadelphia 76ers in Cleveland’s final home game where they rested LeBron James and Mo Williams.
Although they lost one home game already in the post season (and no less to Orlando in game one of this series) they can still say “All we have to do is win one road game to get this series.”
It’s quite simple, but also a very realistic mentality to keep, and with that being said, if Cleveland wins game five in Cleveland, and then Orlando fails to close it out in Florida, well then my friends, I don’t think there will be too many people picking against the Cavaliers in a game seven at the Q.