Orlando Tops Cleveland 103-90 Head To NBA Finals

66 regular season wins, the leagues coach of the year, the leagues MVP. In the end, none of it mattered. If awards and honors paved the way for you to reach the NBA Finals, then yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers were the best team in the NBA in the 2008-2009 season. Problem is – it doesn’t, and the Cavs season will go down as a failure. That will be the talk of the town as the Cavs season came to a stunning end on Saturday night in Orlando, as the Magic didn’t waste any time in making sure the Cavs didn’t have a chance, never going down by less than 11 in the second half in a 103-90 win that puts them in the NBA Finals starting on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. In the end, the Cavs losing three of the first four games was simply too much to overcome. Saturday night they failed to come out as the agressor, and paid for it as Orlando fed off the crowd and did what they usually do against the Cavs, kill them with threes as well as the inside play of Dwight Howard. The Magic “Superman” had by far his best game of the series, putting in a whopping 40 points to go along with 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The tone of the series was Howard and the Magic long range bombers, as they had a field day vs the Cavs hitting big shots every time Cleveland appeared to be getting close to getting back into the game. Orlando dominated the second quarter, which in the end...

Big NBA News: Featuring Amare Stoudemire (Knicks Eying Thabeet)

Rafer Alston:According to the Orlando Sentinel, Rafer Alston (who has subbed in for Jameer Nelson since February) that he wants to stay with the Magic, who are leading 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Alston was traded from the Rockets and has been a big help off the trade. But Alston does know he will be backing up Nelson next year, and might be making $5.5M if he gets re-signed. All the luck to Alston and his Magic, who look to make the NBA Finals. Amare Stoudemire: Stoudemire has been crazy right now, well, that’s what I think. On ESPN New York Radio, he has confirmed he wants to play for Mike D’Antoni in 2010 and says he is better than number four: Chris Bosh. Here is New York and Washington Post’s take on this: “When asked Stoudemire if he’s better than Bosh, the Suns forward said, “Oooh man, are you kidding me? Ask Chris Bosh that question.” So that’s a yes? “No doubt about it, I’m better than Chris Bosh” “How serious will you consider the New York Knicks in 2010”? “I will be totally serious about that, I spent a lot of my childhood there, I have a connection with the state, and I also love the entire coaching staff. ” I think Coach D’Antoni’s doing a phenomenal job with the Knicks, NY’s a great city, I follow them closely.” “Um, I love D.C., quote, end quote,” Stoudemire said, eliciting oohs and ahhs and a follow-up question about how he sounded interested by this prospect. His answer? “I love D.C, quote, end quote,”...

Magic Beat Cavaliers in O/T 116-114; Lead Series 3-1

Turn out the lights Cleveland – the party is just about over. In yet another epic Cleveland sports collapse, the Cavaliers find themselves now just one game away from having what was a magical (no pun attended) season totally wiped away by an Orlando Magic team that simply is a bad match-up, and a team that simply seems to want it just a bit more. Tuesday night in Orlando, the Cavs did play their hearts out, but in the end in overtime, “Superman” Dwight Howard was just too much, as he slammed in 10 points of the Magic’s 16, as they beat the Cavs yet again -116-114. The loss for the Cavs now means they have to beat Orlando three straight times, and while two of the three games would be in Cleveland, it’s hard to actually think that the Cavs at this point are going to be able to extend the series even to a sixth game in Orlando on Saturday. If it were not for LeBron James’ miracle three at the buzzer Friday, the Cavs very well may already be making their summer vacation plans. For now, they do have some life left in them, but you can bet it’s going to take one heck of a miracle to pull it off. Tuesday the team played their best game of the series, but even that was not enough to stop Orlando. The Cavs led 25-21 after the first 12 minutes, then got a big three in the final second of the second quarter from Daniel Gibson to lead 58-50 at the half. Once again though, Mike Brown...

Magic-Cavaliers: The Magic Will Win and Here’s Why

It’s one tough series. Just ask Delonte West! Cleveland.com The Magic and Cavaliers series is going nasty, but great. The Magic are so far leading, 2-1, but they should have been leading, 3-0. I say Magic all the way. Why? Here are some of the strengths the Magic have that Cleveland is no where near matching. Here are some points that will help the Magic roll to victory. Supporting Cast This is the biggest part of the whole series. It is mainly Dwight Howard vs. LeBron James. But which one of these superstars has a better supporting cast? No doubt, it is Superman. Why? Consider: According to ESPN.com, LeBron James is the leader in each of the categories. He leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks. LBJ’s only trusted companion is Mo Williams, who averages close to 18 points per game. Now to Dwight Howard. Consider: Howard only leads in points, rebounds, and blocks. But it isn’t all Howard with the Magic like it is all King James with the Cavs. Hedo Turkoglu leads in assists. Besides Howard, six players on the team average close to or more than ten points per game. Now compare that to Cleveland: four. The supporting cast plays a big part. The Magic also have a lot of consistent outside shooters while Cleveland fails to be able to hit from outside, as we have observed so far  in this series. Offense The Magic are probably better in this category, acording to the stats by ESPN. The Magic average 101 points per game compared to Cleveland’s 100.3. Just a small difference, but huge affect. The Magic average ten...

Cavaliers Teammates Say King James Was Born To Be A Star

Born for greatness? There’s no question that Friday night at the Q, home grown LeBron James took another step towards greatness, saving the  Cleveland Cavaliers season as he sank a three-point hoop at the buzzer as the Cavaliers beat Orlando 96-95 to tie their best of seven Eastern Conference Finals series at one game apiece. The Q was so quiet when the shot went up, you could almost hear a pin drop. Then once he went through, you couldn’t hear anything. In the span of one second, Cleveland went from a funeral to Mardi Gras. It was that much of a momentum shift for a team that had not had their backs against the wall much at all in 2009. “I don’t know what to say, but he was born to do that,” Sasha Pavlovic said after the game. “That’s amazing, I don’t kiow what to say – it’s unbelievable.” The play was meant to be an alley opp, as Mo Williams was supposed to lob it up to James. But Hedo Turkoglu took away the option, and James took it back outside, instead going for the win. It paid off. “You couldn’t hear anything but a roar,” James said. “Those fans deserved it. That was the biggest shot I’ve made in my career. A second is a long time for me, for others it’s very short. As a kid you practice those moments.” It was a moment that the Cavs and their fans will relive for a long time to come, and if the team continues their run in the playoffs, it will go down as a saving...