The Cleveland Cavaliers have done this before.
And it wasn’t too long ago.
Last season, the Cavs won a league-best 66 games to earn home-court advantage in the playoffs, but wound up losing in the Eastern Conference Finals against Orlando in six games.
Earlier this week, they clinched home-court advantage again for the playoffs after the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but I’m still not sold the Cavs have the best team in the NBA, though.
Got some issues. Here’s a few.
1. Point guard Mo Williams has been up and down and to me, is playing hurt. That shoulder is not right. His confidence is shaky, too.
2. The Cavaliers got to work center Shaquille O’Neal back in after he returns from the thumb injury. That process can’t take too long in the playoffs.
3. If it ends up playing Orlando, name a match up other than whoever is guarding LeBron James that’s in Cleveland’s favor? Try none. The Magic are still the team to beat in the East if they come to play.
4. The Cavaliers struggle defending teams with point guards who can get to the basket and create for others. Looking at the lower seeds they may face in the first round of the playoffs, Charlotte has Raymond Felton, Chicago has Derrick Rose and Milwaukee has Brandon Jennings. Not good for Cleveland.
5. As great at LeBron James is, there has to come a point in time when he must play off the ball enough to keep the defense honest. Teams are going to load up to stop him if Cleveland runs that ” give the ball to LeBron at the top of the key and let him go 1-on-5″ offense. If he’s not making the J, got to figure out easy ways for him to score. He can’t carry this team. Shouldn’t have to.