There is no doubt in my mind that LeBron James is going to be outstanding night in an night out for the Cleveland Cavaliers because, quite frankly, he’s been outstanding for 77 games so far this season – just to clarify, he missed six games during the regular season because of injury and/or fatigue. Shaquille O’Neal is going to be Shaqtacular because you cannot game plan around muscle. He is going to get what he wants on many possessions because he just so happens to be 7 feet-1 inch and better than 320 pounds. Antawn Jamison has averaged almost 20 points and eight rebounds throughout his entire NBA career and nothing changed in game one as he went for 15 points and 10 rebounds.
However, as it has been well documented, Mo Williams struggled throughout last year’s playoffs. He shot a mere 37.5% from the field and handed out less than four assists a night in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic. He seems to have put all of that behind him and played very well in a 21 point-10 assist effort in game one against the Bulls on Saturday afternoon.
As the playoffs continue, Mo Williams is going to be the key to the Cavaliers championship run. And as the Cavaliers keep on keepin’ on, we’re going to keep a close eye on Mo Gotti’s play with the brand new Swag-o-Meter.
As a starting point, I’d give Mo’s 21 points and 10 assists on Saturday night a 4.5 on the Swag-o-Meter. If he plays like that, I’d expect him and his band of Wine & Gold warriors to be parading down Euclid Ave. in a few weeks.