Game 4 is do or die for LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Not only are they losing the series 2 games to 1, but the Cavaliers have been exposed as a 1-man show. The King is averaging more than 40 ppg and there is no good reason to believe he won’t continue to score at that pace. His teammates have performed so poorly (see Mo Williams, Big Z, etc.) offensively that one wonders if Head Coach Mike Brown has filed a missing persons report.
The Orlando Magic deserve a lot of credit for Cleveland’s issues thus far. The Cavs have no answer for Hideo or Rashad (both 6’11”) after 3 games and that will not change. Add Dwight Howard to the list of matchup problems and you’ll quickly understand that Cleveland cannot contain that trio.
That being said, I believe tonight will be a stage for the best player on the planet… The King will make a great pre-game speech, score 40+ points, and dominate the flow of this game. He will be the reason why Cleveland will redirect the momentum of this series and eventually defeat the Orlando Magic in game 7.
Numberous media outlets are reporting that LeBron James is the 2008-09 NBA MVP. They report that the announcement will take place this afternoon. Much respect to the phenom from Akron, OH! The King is scheduled to accept his latest award at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School also in Akron.
Read more from Brian Windhorst at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
I’m still not ready to move Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown into the penthouse of elite NBA Head Coaches. However, much respect is due (and given) for the ’08 – ’09 NBA Coach of the Year for leading his squad to the best record in the league.
MB finished ahead of the Houston Rockets Coach Rick Adelman and Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy. Here’s the NBA.com press release.
The King dropped 38 pts., grabbed 8 rebounds, and handed out 7 dimes against the Pistons in game 1. This one will be over in 5 games (Detroit wins a game on sheer guts).