Game 5, the first-round series, an up-and-down season, and perhaps Cleveland’s future, we’re all in jeopardy last night. Then LeBron James put the team on his back, once again, and saved everything.
James dropped a 3-point dagger right at the buzzer to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night’s Game 5. It was a crowning moment for another one of his brilliant performances. LeBron finished the game with 44 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.
Looking at his team though is another story. Only one of LeBron’s teammates made more than 2 shots last night. J. R. Smith went 0-for-8, Kevin Love only scored 2-from-11, and all the new guys like Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. combined for 13. Kyle Korver was the only player that could score and finished with 18 points.
This type of one-man show wont bring Cleveland another championship, and LeBron shouldn’t need to do it all either. Cleveland needs to step it up and start making shots so LeBron can start trusting his team once again. This nail biting win has now put Cleveland one victory away from advancing into the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
To say that the Cavaliers escaped Game 5 by the skin of the teeth would be an understatement, as the Pacers had multiple chances to take the lead in the final minutes of play. If Cleveland wants to close out this series in Game 6 on Friday night, they better hit more than 2 shots each.
Catch you Monday.