From NBA champs to underdogs?

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From NBA champs to underdogs?

LeBron may be the GOAT, but he can't single-handedly win a championship.

LeBron may be the GOAT, but he can't single-handedly win a championship.

LeBron may be the GOAT, but he can't single-handedly win a championship.

LeBron may be the GOAT, but he can't single-handedly win a championship.

Ian Woodward, Staff Writer

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the most dominant teams in the last five years in the NBA, winning a championship back in 2014 against the Golden State Warriors led by Steph Curry. Arguably one of the better rivalries in the game currently, the two teams have faced each other for the last three championships with Golden State winning two of the three and LeBron and the Cavs winning only one. However, this year these two teams are on completely different paths, with the Warriors dominating competition on the west coast while the Cavs are struggling to get by in the East. With the Cavs struggling, there is only one person that they can look to for leadership, and that is LeBron James (the greatest player of all time). Even with the rest of the Cavs’ roster playing very below average, LeBron and the Cavs still continue to thrive with James dominating the court and absolutely taking control of the series. James has four straight games with over 35 points, leading the league in post season points and is in contention to break multiple NBA records this year. I find it fascinating that LeBron James is 32 years old and is still competing like he is in his prime, playing 40 straight minutes against the Pacers in multiple games to bring the team back after their first loss in Indiana.

 

Despite LeBron playing some of the best ball he has played all season, I don’t think it will be enough to reach the championship; this is because of the rest of his team’s performances in past games. In the Pacers series LeBron is averaging 35 ppg with 40 minutes on the floor, while some of his other teammates aren’t performing. For example, JR Smith is averaging 11 with around 30 minutes on the floor, and it doesn’t stop there–Kevin Love only averaged a mere 14 ppg with 33 minutes on the floor. I just do not think it will be enough to carry the Cavs to finals, unless LeBron James NEVER leaves the floor and continues to drop 40 plus ppg.

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