Even if the Cavaliers get out of this series with the Celtics, which is tied at 2, they have been exposed yet again as a one-man show. As we've seen in three of the four games so far, if LeBron James isn't extraordinary, the Cavs are ordinary. And beatable.

As we wrote today, there are greater concerns in Cleveland right now than just how to stop Rajon Rondo. It's how to convince LeBron, who tonight could be playing in his final home game at The Q (hey, you never know), that this team can get it done against Rondo and the aging Big Three, let alone the indomitable Orlando Magic, who have shredded their first two opponents, Charlotte and Atlanta, with a pair of sweeps. You could argue, of course, that the Cavs, despite their top seed, had a tougher road because the Chicago Bulls put up a better fight than the Bobcats, while the Celtics are much tougher than the Hawks.

Meanwhile, not even Cavs fans are convinced that all of Danny Ferry's work has been enough to keep LeBron in Cleveland. According to a poll by the Cleveland Plain Dealer's website, the majority of fans believe King James is on his way out.

Out of 4,073 votes, 36 percent (1,450) say James will leave if the Cavaliers lose. 30 percent (1,229) say he's staying no matter what and 21 percent (851) say he's gone either way, while the remaining 13 percent (543 votes) say he'll stay if the Cavs win.

So that's 2,301 fans (56 percent) who believe they could WITNESS James leaving. That's hardly a faithful following.

The Knicks have rarely had reason to cheer for the Boston Celtics, but right now you'll find no greater fans of their Atlantic Division rivals. Two more wins could change the outlook for this summer in a major way.

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* - With Dwyane Wade seemingly locked in with the Heat and Joe Johnson plummeting down the wish list after an uninspiring playoffs -- the Knicks have to be most concerned about his low motor and maddening look of apathy, which simply will not sell here in New York -- there is a reason to believe that if LeBron James can't be had, the next plan will be to build a young, athletic team and maintain flexibility toward the future, where Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams are all on deck for free agency.

Columnist Ethan J. Skolnick made a strange point in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel when he said Wade shouldn't consider coming to New York because the tabloids would expose his private life. Skolnick says proudly that the Miami media is soft on their stars, as if it's a good thing.

Yes, things get a bit out of hand in New York when it comes to tabloid coverage. But to blatantly admit you look away when a star gets in trouble or is involved in an off-the-court issue is telling your readership that you aren't doing your job.

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* - Speaking of Paul, David Stern on Monday made an interesting comment about the ownership transfer in New Orleans between George Shinn and billionaire Gary Chouest is "not a given at all" because of how long the process has taken. However, according to the Times-Picayune, the transfer is still expected to go through. This situation is of great interest for the Knicks because it is believed that if Chouest does take over, he won't look to shed big payroll and instead would want to build around Paul. But if Shinn can't work out a deal, it is very possible the cash-strapped Hornets may consider moving Paul for payroll relief and young players.

* - Bill Walker and Toney Douglas are back at the MSG Training Center to begin offseason workouts. Walker's goal is to lose at least 10 to 15 pounds by the start of training camp. If you watch the Celtics, it is hard to believe how they gave up on him so early. He is arguably better than Tony Allen, because he can defend and finish on the break, but is a much better shooter.