Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
It would be hard to argue that the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t the best all around team in the Eastern Conference this season. All aspects of their game are top notch right now and oh yeah, they have LeBron James leading the way!
Over the past couple of seasons the Cleveland Cavaliers have had more success than ever as they have continued to dominate the competition and go into the playoffs as the odds on favorite to make it to be the team in the Eastern Conference to make it to the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately, no matter how well the Cleveland Cavaliers play in the regular season, they can’t seem to take that success into the playoffs and win that elusive NBA title.
Obviously this kind of bad luck this is a great team with a player like LeBron James will not continue on forever. Many great players in the past like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing have not been able to win NBA titles even with a great teams they play on, but I believe that LeBron James will go down in NBA history as one of the best players ever to play this game and up there with the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
This season my very well be the season that the Cleveland Cavaliers finally win that elusive NBA title, but they will definitely have their work cut out for them as or quite few teams in their path that are worthy of being able to knock off LeBron James and company.
Here is a list of the teams with the best chance of being able to upset the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs this season:
The Boston Celtics are no longer the dominant team that we saw in 2008 who were able to convincingly beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Even back in 2008, the Celtics were a team with a lot of experience but also a lot of age as many of their players on the downside of a career no longer the prime.
Even though players like Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce might not be young bucks anymore, they are still one of the best teams in the NBA and can compete with anybody when the plane a high level.
Despite not being the team that just destroyed their opponents in 2008, I believe the Celtics could get the best of the Cavs if they can get some wins in Cleveland in a seven-game series, but in the end LeBron James and company will get the best of the aging Celtics.
Even though the Atlanta Hawks will get much credit, this season if completely turn around their franchise as they have gone from a perennial playoff team to a possible title contender in the Eastern conference.
Unlike some of the other teams in the East, the Hawks are young and up and coming team with a lot of passion and desire to prove to everyone that they can play and beat the best of the best in the NBA.
With that being said, in the playoffs this time around they will have no intentions of going home early and will upset someone, but who is yet to be seen.
I believe Joe Johnson and his squad can hang with the Cavs and have the potential to beat them in the seven-game series, but with veteran players like Antawn Jamison and Shaq I can’t see them beating Cleveland.
if there is any team on this list that can truly beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game series it is the Orlando Magic as they have been once before, in convincing fashion, and could quite possibly do again if they are given the opportunity.
Dwight Howard is on top this game in Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis are great complementary players that might be enough to put them over the top in a series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Personally, if I had to bet on it, I would take Stan Van Gundy’s squad to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs for a second straight season.