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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  51 responses

All Eyes on Mo Williams Now

by Marcel Mutoni

There was an interesting moment during the postgame news conference last night, as Mo Williams attempted to take full blame for the Cavs’ surprising Game 1 loss.

After a reporter asked if LeBron had perhaps looked for his shot a little too much in the series opener, Williams said that James had done nothing wrong (a keen observation) and that it was the point guard’s fault for not providing the support needed to pull out a win.

“I have to take pressure off of [LeBron]…I look at myself, 6 for 19.” Williams said. “LeBron is 20-30 from the field. I don’t care, he can go one-on-one all he wants.”

“I got 19 shots still,” Williams added. “It wasn’t him.”

That’s all fine and well, but here’s the thing, though. Whether or not he beats them to the punch, everyone is still going to blame Mo Williams (and the rest of the supporting cast) for the loss. Not to take anything away from what the Magic did in Game 1, but LeBron’s crew let him down, and wasted one of the great Playoff performances of all time.

All eyes are on Mo now, for perhaps the first time this year. Which is part of the reason the Cavs went after him so aggressively in the offseason. He’s gotta deliver now.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    I blame the Magic’s three point shooting for the loss. The Cavs played a good game, it wasn’t a single person’s loss, it was the Magic’s hotness from beyond the arc.

  • Zabba

    1st!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I wouldn’t put the loss on any one Cav in partucular, but it certainly wasn’t Bron’s fault. Dude was incredible. Absolutely otherwordly. But you could see he (and the rest of the Cavs) were DEAD tired by the end of the game. Give credit to Dwight, Hedo, and Shard though, they kept coming on and hit the shots down the stretch to seal the victory. It looks like we have a couple of Conference battles on our hands now…

  • AlbertBarr

    MJT!!! 100Million$ Man!!! Superman!!! Go Magic!!!

  • shaff

    tell bron to guard someone. he had alston and still left him by himself alot for open looks. try guarding lee, lewis, hedo, or even howard since he’s only an inch shorter. and like van gundy said during the game he’s got to stop holding the ball and then making a play late in the shot clock and kicking to his teammates to hurry a shot. he looked like mcnabb in the superbowl, he got tired. he’s 24, he does this for a living and just had 9 days off. why?
    i didnt see anyone else get tired all playoffs

  • chazz michael michaels

    well its the coaches fault, he doesnt give lebron enough rest and when they needed him he was way to tired trying to guard a well rested lewis, turkoglu. coach brown should be like van gundy n jus says “it was my fault for favoring lebron n letting him play through most of the game”

  • Babygab

    Mo’s going to deliver. Nothing to worry about. I mean nobody expected the Cavs to remain undefeated through the entire postseason. But I thought the loss will come on the road though. But hey, I believe the cavs will take care of buisness in 6.

  • Harlem_World

    If Delonte West hits the wide open 3 in the corner, we’re not even having this conversation. Supporting cast played like garbage.

  • BostonBaller

    Good game all around. My man Moose nails it once again. If anyone was top be tired it would have been the Magic. The Cavs shouldn’t have been tired unless they were up all night giggling & posing together. lol. Seriously, it’s just 1 game.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I really don’t like this loss. You guys are downplaying it. The Cavs are STRONG at home. You just lost homecourt. That’s a massive blow right there. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but let’s not let Lebron get off on this one: Lebron played one of the best playoff games of his career, but it wasn’t “THE” best, because he didn’t take that last shot.

  • a_whiteman

    jukai you dont seriously think the cavs wont take one in orlando???

  • Harlem_World

    Jukai, that’s the difference that Lebron represents. If you look at the quality of the shot he set up ultimately for West, most would say beforehand that’s a good look. But Delonte just missed. He made the same shot a couple plays beforehand. No way you can put this on his shoulders. Thats crazy. Cavs will get homecourt back in Orlando. Anyone can win in Orlando. Homecourt doesn’t really mean much with the Magic, they are either hot or not, no matter where they are.

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Kinda hard to have the last shot when you’re in the jump ball with like a second left
    ( I know thats not when you meant, I’m just trying to be smart )

  • Syk

    I don’t think you can say you can’t blame Lebron at all. He missed a lot of free throws in the 4th that probably would have won the game for them. He did have a monster game though.

  • Eric

    missing three free throws is not alot of free throws.

  • breeze

    i beleive you blame the cavs in whole for blowing the lead…and lebron is at fault for not able to stop anybody ….i believe in teh second have he should of took lewis after the first 3 shots he made..but you really cant blame just one person es[pecially delonte he played a great game .

  • Harlem_World

    If you’re looking for someone to blame, TMac has always proven a popular choice.

  • breeze

    lol

  • truthteller

    Very interesting…

  • Syk

    eric, it is a lot when you lose by 1.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Wally gets motivated ala Vince Carter, drops 50 on friday night.

  • DFigs

    I don’t think LeBron’s out of shape, Shaff. But you do have an excellent point about him holding the ball, half-driving and then dishing for a late shot.

  • breeze

    he stands there like hes thinking ..then last second drives and dishes…what is he waiting on jay-z verse in teh song …

  • Statik

    missed free throws, not closing out on shooters, not defending all that well, supporting cast not giving good enough effort and standing around watching their superstar, bigs getting outplayed, giving up a pretty big lead……sounds like the Cavs had the Laker syndrome. that being said, chances are this doesn’t happen again

  • truthteller

    Very, very interesting…

  • Eric

    Syk, no it’s not alot. The game never should have come doen to Lebron who shots about 70% from the line. Mo Williams and Delonte West should have hit their shots. They missed too many buckets plain and simple.

  • Fat Lever

    I blame the broadcasters. Shoot, if Stern can blame them, why can’t I? Can we blame the broadcasters for swine flu, the financial markets collapse, and all other potential apocolyptic issues?

  • bill breedley

    missing 3 free throws when your team needs every point is a lot of free throws Eric. one missed clutch time free throw is one too many.

  • bill breedley

    Lebron’s gotten fat in 8 days. boy is out of shape, hene the cramps ha ha ha

  • http://slamonline.com DONONE

    DWIGHT IS UNSTOPABLE, RASHARD LEWIS AND TURKGLU ARE UNGUARDABLE…HOMEBOYS NEED A MIRACLE

  • DJR

    When a team has a week off before a new series, they always lose Game 1 because their match intensity isn’t where it should be. Wait for Game 2 and the rest of the series, Cavs in 5, 6 absolute max. The whole team will come out with the hunger than LeBron had in Game 1. Just watch!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    DJR is right .. a la Detroit Pistons vs the Bulls in ECF 1989 … even if I’m not sure the Cavs will win it all …

  • Jess..Raps_fan

    rahsard lewis and turk are unguardable? lol thsts funny..the magic made their shots (which they will NOT consitantly do) there is no denying that dwight is a best(theres a broken shot clock as evidence) but you KNOW the cavs wont have a 2nd half lapse like that again. cavs in 5

  • David Curran

    lebron isn 1 inch shorter than howard u idiot

  • Canuck

    I think that the reason for the fatigue was the 9 or whatever it was nights off. As one of the commentators said before the game, it’s impossible to simulate the intesity of a game in practices, and the Cavs just were not prepared physically for the game. Not an excuse for the loss, but a probable reason for the fatigue.

  • Canuck

    intensity*

  • http://dubbledubble.blogspot.com/ BdubbleU

    LeBron needs to take that shot, i think he was worried that if he missed it, it would take away from the performance he had.

  • lawlow

    free throws

  • kingofsota

    Part of me thinks it’s good for the Magic to beat the Cavs. Then the other part slaps me in the face, yelling “LEBRON – MELO!!!!”, reminding me of who I want to win.

  • swifthammer

    i’m with shaff on this one, despite the incredible peformance by ‘bron this series the Cavs don’t need the free safety defense, he needs to gets rashard Lewis chest and contest alot better than last night

  • http://lamarcusaldridge.com Dean Tharp

    you know what they say. Mo money Mo Williams

  • wilz

    couldnt blam bron for the loss…if all u do is check the boxscore

  • wilz

    blame*

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    With how Lewis was hitting last night in the 2nd half, even if West hit that 3, Magic are down 2 with 3-4 seconds left. You have HEDO and Shard with clutch shooting. Magic still would have won in that scenario.

  • scruffz

    Time off is such a lame excuse. They played 82 game (not including playoff games), so I’m pretty sure they are used to playing a 48 minute basketball game.

    Also, one of the great playoff performances of all time? I can name at least 10 performances that were more impressive. At least get off the guys nuts for a couple minutes.

  • chintao

    One more game like this, and LBJ might be looking at the front door.

  • D12FSU

    MAGIC IN 6-7 BABY!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • bill breedley

    i can see an awesome Nuggets vs. cavs/NY rivalry brewing with the way Melo is starting to show he is worthy rival for Lebron. If we are to believe Kobe that Melo is stronger than bron it will be awesome seeing them battle it out mano y mano

  • http://www.sportcetera.blogspot.com/ LeoneL

    On a different note, no love for Brian Grant from Slam? T_T

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