X-Factor: Any Cav but LeBron
By Rob Peterson
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LeBron needs help ... anyone?

Take a look at the Cavaliers roster. Go ahead. Spy. We'll wait. Other than LeBron James, who put up stellar numbers (30.8 points per game, 8.1 rpg, 5.8 apg) in his first Playoffs appearance, can you name anyone on that roster who resided in the Top 50 postseason scorers in 2006?

We'll wait.

Still waiting.

Ah, forget it. We'll end this game right now. No one. No Cavalier other than LBJ averaged more than 11.1 points per game in the postseason, and only Larry Hughes (owner of that 11.1 ppg average) and Zydrunas Ilguaskas (10.4 ppg) managed to get into double digits. That's why we tab any Cavalier besides LeBron James (ACB LBJ) as an X-Factor.

LBJ had one of the greatest postseason debuts ever as he single-handedly carried the Cavs into Game 7 of their Eastern Conference matchup against the Detroit Pistons. He may be able to carry Cleveland past an injury-decimated Washington Wizards squad in the first round, but he'll need more help if the Cavs expect to go further than the Conference Semis, where their season ended last year.

From Hughes making good decisions while playing the point to Z grabbing an extra board or two to Sasha Pavlovic continuing his improvement to Anderson Varejoa's constant energy, the Cavs will need someone, anyone, to be LeBron's on-court kee-mo sah-bee.

The sooner, the better for Cleveland. (P.S. Same goes for LeBron going to the hoop more often. The sooner, the better.)





X-Factors: ACB LBJ | Battier | VC | Harris | Horry | Nellie | Nene | Odom

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