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Monday, May 11, 2009

Unquestioned leader

Cavs forward LeBron James was lauded for his leadership after the game by Coach Mike Brown.

James directs the Cavs' offense and defense when he's on the floor. He's constantly talking to the bench about adjustments, matchups and bad calls.

When Cavs forward Anderson Varejao was slapped with a technical foul by official Scott Foster - who seemed to be making 85 percent of the calls on the night - James approached his teammate.

"Get your head in the game," he said.

Varejao was miffed that he didn't draw a charge when Hawks center Zaza Pachulia crashed into him seconds later. After earning the technical, he sat for a long period in the game.

"I was telling the guys to keep their poise," James said. "It looked like we were getting unraveled a few times."

The following are some other tidbits from Game 4:

-- James shot 55.6 percent in the 4-game series vs Atlanta, the best he has shot in any postseason series.

-- The Cavs held Atlanta to 31.5 shooting, the lowest in franchise history for a Cavs opponent.

-- The Cavs are the first team to sweep the first two rounds since Miami in 2005.

-- This will be the Cavs' fourth appearance in the East finals ('76, '92 and '07 are the others).

-- G Delonte West tied his career postseason high with 21 points.

-- C Zydrunas Ilgauskas recorded his 2nd double-double of the 2009 postseason (12th postseason career).

-- The Cavs won the rebounding battle in all 8 postseason games.

-- Monday's win extends the Cavs' NBA record for winning 8 postseason games by 10 or more points.

-- The Cavs fired in 10 of 18 3-point goals (55.6). That's the most 3s and the best percentage in the postseason this year.

-- The win extends the Cavs' franchise postseason mark of four consecutive road wins and 8 wins in a row overall.


Blogger david said...

To build on that, LeBron was named to the all-NBA first team:

May 13, 2009 at 2:28 PM 

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