Cavs Playoff Loss a Reminder of This…Playoff Win?


The Cleveland Cavaliers lost an extremely disappointing Game Six to the Orlando Magic by a score of 103-96 at the Kia Center. It evened the series at three games a piece with each team winning their respective home games.

Amazingly, star guard Donovan Mitchell dropped a whopping 50 points on 22-36 shooting and also had four rebounds and four assists. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers were not able to take advantage of that play and there was very little help surrounding the phenom.

Honestly, this reminded me of a past playoff game for the Cavs. One that actually resulted in a win compared to this past loss. Take your time machine back to May 31, 2007, in the Palace of Auburn Hills as LeBron James and the Cavs took on the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Wine and Gold beat Detroit in Game Five by a score of 109-107. King James had 48 points on 18-33 shooting, nine rebounds and seven assists. What is most incredible about his performance is James scored 29 of the Cavs last 30 points including the last 25. This coming in about 16 minutes of game time to close.


So, why does that performance about 17 years ago serve as such a reminder? Well, a superstar in Cleveland had no help. What ended up happening? James would leave for Miami after the playoffs despite reaching The Finals.

Even after losing Game Six here against the Magic, the Cavs still do have a chance to take Game Seven at home and win the series despite a disappointing loss. A lot of people are playing for their jobs and the big question remains on if Donovan Mitchell will stay a Cavalier after this season.

Not being able to close it out in six. Giving the Magic the opportunity to steal the series is not good at all.

Additionally, Mitchell clearly has knee injury problems and PF Jarrett Allen remains questionable with a rib issue and it’s unclear if he’ll play (did not play in G5 or G6).

Say the Cavs do win Game Seven. Well, a battle against the Boston Celtics is next in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. Boston just beat the Miami Heat in Five Games and went 64-18 to be first in the East this year.

Looking at the past, superstars who have to carry the load for a team tend to leave for what is determined to be better opportunities. There are no guarantees on what Mitchell will do but losing in the first round is not going to help the cause to stay in Cleveland.

First, let’s win this Game Seven. Then analysis on the next series against Boston is great. Can’t look ahead or else this next game is trouble.

What was different in the comparisons of the two games? Well, LeBron won said Game Five where whereas Mitchell took the loss even with the heroic performance. Additionally, the Cavs closed the series out by winning a Game Six at home too.

Game Seven in this current series is Sunday in Cleveland at 1 p.m.


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