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Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Champs Again

Cleveland Cavaliers 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers Will Win the ECF Again

                After coming up with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, mostly thanks to the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead (I had to), it’s no surprise the Cleveland Cavaliers are favorites to win it all again. But before making it to the finals, they need to win the Eastern conference, and let me tell you why they will do just that.

 

Toronto Raptors Are Slacking

                As much as I hate to bash my hometown team, I’m going to have to. The Toronto Raptors were the biggest threat to LeBron’s Cavs in the East last season, winning two games out of seven in their Eastern conference finals series. It’s no doubt that the Raptors were a top five team last season but this season, not so much. After finishing second in the East last season, the Raps have fallen to fourth this season, and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. However, the Raptors have made some changes, acquiring Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, but it’s not enough to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Raps struggling, who will take their place in the Eastern conference finals?

 

Isiah Thomas is a Blessing and a Curse

            The answer to that question is the Boston Celtics. They are 37 – 20 so far in the season and show no signs of slowing down. A large part of their success is to Isiah Thomas, who has also been dubbed “The King of the 4th”, as he is averaging an incredible ten points in the fourth quarter. Although Isiah Thomas is an asset on the offensive end, he’s a liability on the defensive end. Due to his small five feet eight inches frame, he is overpowered by larger point guards. If the Celtics meet the Cavs in the ECF, their biggest problem won’t be LeBron James, it’ll be Kyrie Irving taking advantage of Isiah Thomas down low. We have seen what Kyrie can do, with his amazing handles as well as his speed and clutch shooting, and with all of this combined plus his size advantage, Isiah Thomas won’t be able to stop him. Like I said, Isiah Thomas, he’s a blessing and a curse.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers 2017 Eastern Conference Champs

                There you have it, that is why the Cavs will once again win the Eastern conference. If anyone can beat the Cavs in the East, it’s the Raptors and the Celtics, but in a seven game series, it doesn’t seem any of the two would come out victorious against Cleveland. Only time will tell.

A. Alvi