It's Boston; Game 5, and LeBron, which means...

If LeBron James gets to the basket in Game 5, the Cavs should sieze control of the Eastern Conference Finals

This can be a scary time of year for Cavaliers fans, given what’s coming tonight and what’s happened in the past.

Is there anyone with wine-and-gold NBA leanings who can hear the terms: “Game 5...Eastern Conference Finals...against Boston,” and not have at least of a bit of a flashback to 2010?

LeBron James has forced much high-quality water under the bridge since that fateful, still-mystifying night in his past that we know (hope, think, believe) is long behind him.

I’m much more certain we’ll get an epic LeBron performance tonight like his series-saving performance in Game 5 of the 2016 Finals at Golden State when he had 41 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals than I am fearful he’ll go missing again.

Still, LeBron can’t do it all.

He’ll need George Hill to be more like the guy who scored 26 points in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland than the 8 he scored in Games 1 and 2 in Boston.

Same for J.R. Smith, who scored only four points collectively in the Cavs’ first two losses, but offered a combined 20 in wins that evened the Series.

If the Cavs starting backcourt can score 20 points and the team limits its turnovers to 10 or less, I like the Cavs wo win tonight and come home for Game 6 with a chance to clinch a fourth straight trip to the Finals as a franchise and the eighth in a row for LeBron.

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