The Cleveland Cavaliers are once again facing the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. No matter how it plays out, Cleveland does not lose both on and off the court.
The 2010 playoff series versus the Boston Celtics was one that could be described as one on five. While the phrase could also be mentioned to help describe recent Cleveland Cavaliers games, that series tops it.
It was LeBron James versus the Celtics, who had Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Piece, and Ray Allen. The lone player James and the organization could rely on at times was Mo Williams. Cleveland was no match then for Boston who ended up defeating Cleveland in the eastern conference semi-finals.
That was not the only lost the Cavaliers experienced around that time. When it was time to make a decision on his future, James decided to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat. Prior to him announcing his choice, there were reasons to be optimistic that James would stay. However, that is all that anyone could have felt and expressed at that time.
James is in the same situation again now. The main option outside of him is Kevin Love. This time however, at least the Cavs have more help to provide, primarily J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver. Now looking back, was the Celtics playoffs series the reason why James left? No, but it likely was the the final nail in the coffin.
Fast forwarding, Cleveland is in a position to get back to the finals again. Whether they do and possibly win it all or fail to even get past Boston, is James destined to leave again? Only he knows for sure and everyone can only guess.
With that in mind, what the Cavaliers have dealt with this season have only made them stronger. Winning it all should help Cleveland’s case to keep James especially with a lottery pick about to be added.
Knowing James could leave regardless of what happens after the playoffs is unfortunate. The best everyone can do is not think about it. I know, it is tough but instead continue to embrace what James does for the team and the player he is.
I am completely confident Cleveland will defeat Boston and this will not be his last series in a Cavs uniform. James could very well leave but then again he could look to remain with Cleveland. The future will get here eventually. In the meantime, the confidence is very high that after this series is completed, it won’t be a repeat of the 2010 playoff series.