This was suppose to be the year of redemption for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers finished with the best record in the league again and James won his second-consecutive Most Valuable Player award. The additions of Shaquille O’Neal and Antwan Jamison made appeared to be the final pieces of what Cleveland needed in order to get over the hump this year. However, that was not the case and the Cavaliers would end yet another season on a disappointing note after being ousted by the Celtics in six games in Conference Semifinals. Unfortunately for Cavalier fans, this has become all to common with the basketball franchise of the past twenty years. Here is long list of other heartbreaking playoff losses for this franchise
The Cavaliers led the Bulls 101-100 with three seconds remaining. Chicago would inbound the ball to Michael Jordan who would hit a jumper from the free-throw line over Craig Ehlo to give the Bulls the victory in the first round of the playoffs.
1992 Eastern Conference Finals:
The Cavaliers and the Bulls would square off again in the playoffs with a trip to the Finals on the line. Despite Chicago’s 67-15 record during the regular season, the Cavaliers would play the Bulls tough through the first four games as the teams were tied at 2-2. The Bulls would win games five at home and would close out the Cavaliers season again with a 99-94 victory earning the Bulls their second trip to the Finals.
1993 Eastern Conference Semifinals:
While the previous playoff meetings between the Bulls and Cavaliers were hard fought, the Bulls would have their way Cleveland and Jordan would again close out Cleveland’s season with a fall-away jumper over Gerald Wilkins giving the Bulls a 4-0 sweep.
2007 NBA Finals:
After being eliminated by the Pistons the past two post-seasons, the Cavaliers finally broke through and made it to the Finals. Unfortunately for Cleveland, San Antonio was waiting and the Spurs would make quick work of the Cavaliers with a 4-0 sweep spoiling King James’ first appearance in the Finals
2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals:
The Cavaliers would play the Celtics to a standstill through the first six games of the series but the Celtics would edge out the Cavaliers in the seventh game in Boston and would later beat the Lakers in the Finals for their first title in over two decades.
2009 Eastern Conference Finals:
The Cavaliers coasted through the regular season with a 66-16 record and had a perfect 8-0 record in the playoffs coming into their matchup with the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard and company would prove to be too much for Cleveland and would surprisingly beat the Cavaliers in six games and make their first trip to the finals since the 1994-1995 season.
Now the speculation has began regarding which team will LeBron James play for next year. It will more than likely be the Cavaliers. However, unless the organization puts together a group of players capable of clutch performance in the playoffs, this franchise will continue to be plagued with losing when it counts the most.
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