We Are All Witnesses! LBJ Leads Cavaliers To 96-95 Win Over Magic

Without question, the city of Cleveland was one second away from sucide watch. With the season on the line, the team turned to the greatest player in Cavaliers history – and it paid off. LeBron James sank what will go down as a miracle three-pointer with one second to go, as the Cavs survived the Magic 96-94 to even up their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series at one game apiece. The shot that blew the roof off the Quicken Loans Arena took place after Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu hit a jumper inside the lane that looked a bit like “The Shot” back in 1988 of Michael Jordan over Craig Ehlo. The shot put a vail of slience on the soldout crowd, as it gave Orlando a 95-93 lead. Cleveland called a time-out, and Williams threw the heave into James, who threw up a high archer, and the prayer was answered. Upon hitting the bucket, the crowd exploded, and James ran over to the Cavs bench to take part in the celebration with his teammates. While it was a no doubt that James was well behind the three-point line, the refs did their job to review the bucket, and upon the final review and call that the three was indeed good – the city of Cleveland and likely the Cavs organization breathed a big sigh of relief. James led the way again for the Cavs with 35 points, and while his teammates helped him more, it was still his MVP performance that got the job done. Williams rebounded to have a solid night with 19 points, and Delonte West and...

Orlando Stops Cleveland 107-106

Loudville? How about Slienceville. Yes, the Cavaliers are human, and Wednesday night the team came tumbling down to earth as they fell in game one of their best of 7 series against the Orlando Magic, losing 107-106. The loss was stunner on a number of levels. The Cavs at one point had a 16-point lead, and were up 15 at the half after a Mo Williams 66-foot three-pointer at the buzzer. They were up 103-102 with 40.8 seconds left after a Delonte West three-pointer, but Rashard Lewis hit a jump shot to make it 104-103 with 31.6 left, but LeBron James, who popped in 49, hit a jumper and was fouled by Dwight Howard to make it 105-104. He made the free throw to put the team up two with 25.6 left. For the first time in a long time though, the Cavs defense let them down. Lewis answered the screaming sold out crowd with a huge three-pointer that put the Magic up one at 107-106 with 14.7 left. The last chance by the  Cavaliers following their last time-out saw West miss a three-point shot, and the rebound ended up being called a jump ball with one second left. James tipped the jump ball to Williams, but his off balance shot was off the the right, sending the home crowd home unhappy and flat out bewildered. It’s the first time since the teams loss to the Lakers back on February 8th that the team lost a home game that really meant anything. While it was a setback, everyone pretty much knew that this was going to be a series...

Cavaliers Not Satisfied Just Making Conference Finals; The Ring’s the Thing!

If you listen to the Cavaliers following their second straight sweep of another Eastern Conference team on Monday night – 84-74 over the Atlanta Hawks, it was treated quite a bit like it was just another win. And why not? This Cavs team, led by a player that wears the same number as the great Michael Jordan, is as focused as any team we’ve seen in this league for a long time. It would have been easy for them to get high on the horse after this win, but instead, they treated it like it was no big deal. “It is not a celebration because this is not home for us. This is not where we want to be,” Mo Williams said. “Home for us is holding up that ball (the NBA championship trophy). That is when our celebration starts. That is all that we think about.” They are the favorites to win it all, and with the performance like that of Monday night when they had way too many turnovers and missed way too many foul shots, yet still won by 10, it’s not hard to get excited about what could lie ahead for the Cavs and their starved fans. “We ought to feel good about this win, because we got it in an ugly manner,” said Mike Brown. “I’m sure Atlanta probably feels like they didn’t play their best. I know offensively, we didn’t play our best.” Just imagine if they do start to play their best! As the Magic and Celtics try to fight it out for a chance to play the Cavs, they could almost start...

Cavaliers Keep Hawks From Taking Flight! Win 105-85

Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” plays on the Quicken Loans Arena jumbo-tron when the Cavaliers have the game basically in the books. Thursday night in game two of their best of seven series against the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs could have played the song in the second quarter. It was just that ugly. Building at one point a 36-point lead, the Cavs were able to once again take care of business at home, easily, as they topped Atlanta 105-85 to build a 2-0 series lead. They seemed to do it without really breaking a sweat, and with basic ease. “Our guys did a nice job bringing energy and focus into the ball game,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. Yeah Mike – ya think? The Cavs are men among boys right now, and they are toying with their first two playoff opponents like nothing we’ve seen in the NBA for sometime. They never really had a close game vs Detroit in round one, and now after two games vs the Hawks, they are again making it look way too easy. The Cavs are a perfect 6-0 in the postseason, and tied a league record by winning their sixth consecutive playoff game by double digits. The only other team to do it was the 2004 Indiana Pacers. “It was not easy, it may look easy but our guys are working extremely hard,” Brown said. “We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves.” While Brown’s words are true, you can’t help but start to think about what a NBA championship parade in downtown Cleveland would be like come sometime in mid...

King James Now NBA Royalty; Named NBA MVP

  Never a doubt. LeBron James’ journey from Akron St.Vincent-St.Mary to the best player in the NBA took just five seasons, and with it James came home today to celebrate. James was honored today with being named the MVP of the NBA, and did it at his high school where some of his games were televised on ESPN and he was even on the cover at one point of Sports Illustrated. “This is a place where all my dreams started and where I thought they could become real,” James said. “There’s really not a better place.” James received 109 of a possible 121 first-place votes to easily beat out Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. James totaled 1,172 points in balloting by media members in the U.S. and Canada. And he earned it. No player in the league this season had a bigger impact on his team than James, who helped the Cavs earn 66 wins, the best record in the East, and a first-round sweep of the once mighty Detroit Pistons. “I’m 24 years old and I’m receiving this award, I never thought it would happen this fast,” he said, standing under three state title banners he helped win for the Fighting Irish. “I never dreamed about being MVP, but if I said I didn’t enjoy this award I’d be lying. Hard work pays off and dreams do come true.” Now that it’s all out of the way, it’s about winning a title. James and the Cavaliers will start that quest with round two on Tuesday night, as he and the team will take on the Atlanta...