LeBron is the best player in the NBA, unless it comes down to making game winners, then Kobe is, but Bron Bron has taken his game to new heights yet again. It’s almost, wait … IT IS ridiculous to think about what the ceiling is on this kid, if there even is one. Last season, the consensus thought was that the two best ball players in the planet were heading towards a June showdown. Orlando had other plans. This season, especially with how it began, the majority were leaning towards another Lakers/Celtics Finals. That might have changed as of late. The Cavs are winning, and they’re winning important games. No matter how much LeBron down played sweeping the season series against the Lakers this season, it has to give him and the Cavs a huge boost in confidence. They man-handled the defending champs in LA. Then they outlasted them in a nail biter in Cleveland. It’s embedded in their heads now, that they can beat the best in any fashion. They’ve beaten Orlando convincingly, and Atlanta can not win against the Cavs. The next test for them is when they match up against Boston again.
There’s way too much season left to be sold on a team completely. Injuries, trades and other stipulations occur, that may catapult a team to greatness, or deter them from it. But, we’re definitely far enough into the season to make a down payment. And I have the Cavs on lay-away. Right now, LeBron is playing like he’s not from this world. He’s just too, too good. The thing is, Shaq hasn’t had much to do with it. Mo Williams got injured, Delonte West is out, I mean, who’s even on the Cavs worth mentioning at this point. And yet here they stand, in my opinion, the best from the East. It’s literally all because of LeBron. Imagine if you took LeBron away from the Cavs. What’s left might be the New Jersey Nets.
LeBron is making his case for back to back MVP titles, and at this point, he’s definitely ahead of the pack. I know it’s a basketball is a “team” sport, so I’ll try to refer to the Cavs as a team, as oppose to just LeBron. The Cavs have moved up my own personal power rankings, and are one good trade away from solidifying their spot as top dogs in the East. I have been skeptical of their chances at a Finals appearance this season, since being exposed last season by Orlando in the ECF. But. I’m over it now. The Cavs are ready. The East is no walk in the park (the West is worse though) so home court advantage throughout will be key for the Cavs. But I fully expect them to continue to play at a high level, and potentially wrap up the #1 seed sometime late in the season.
With that said, I truly feel that the Cavs have become the team to beat in the East, and should be the representative for the conference in this season’s championship series.