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Orlando Plays Dirty

After such an amazing game that concluded with Lebron's now legendary buzzer-beater to score the win for Cleveland, Cavs fans were expecting to see another win last night against Orlando. To say that the Cavs didn't play well would be the understatement of the season, with Lebron missing the majority of the shots that he attempted. While Lebron was clearly having an off day with his shots and the team needed to pick up the slack for him, Anthony Johnson tried to kick the Cavs while they were down, elbowing Mo Williams in the eye early on in the game. Even though Williams needed several stitches to close the cut, Johnson wasn't charged with a foul. Instead, Williams was charged for blocking a foul, despite the fact that there was the well respected and experienced Joe Crawford was present. In addition to Williams receiving a foul, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao were both fouled out of the game. Lebron made only two out of the attempted fifteen jumper shots, and I've said this before, but I'll say it again because it seems extremely relevant right now. The biggest problem with the Cavs is that their offense strategy is essentially to pass the ball to Lebron and let him shoot as many as possible. Usually this strategy works, because Lebron is one of the best basketball players currently in the NBA right now, but since the team has become so used to letting Lebron score, it seems as though they have forgotten how to shoot a ball themselves. Lebron has become a one man show, and he needs his team to back him up when he's having a bad game like he did last night. He can't win this series by himself. On the bright side, though, their defense has become much stronger, and they are constantly becoming more and more aggressive. I'd like to say that I believe that the Cavs will win the next game against Orlando, but after the disaster that happened last night, it's not looking good for them. Hopefully, the Cavs will get their game together and show Orlando why they made it to the finals in the first place.

-- Elizabeth Kinkopf


  1. Very nice article. Im the newest featured writer, its a pleasure to write with you.

    Derek Blair

  2. I agree Elizabeth, way too many isolation plays where all the Cavs spread out and literally wait for LeBron to do something spectacular every possession. They really need to help him out tonight in Cleveland. But the series is not quite over and I'm a die hard Cleveland fan despite our heartbreaking nature. But like they say, it ain't over til the fat lady sings. Good post.