5 Key Questions Facing The Cleveland Cavaliers

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May 26, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2), guard J.R. Smith (5) and forward LeBron James (23) celebrates beating the Atlanta Hawks in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

5) How Will the Cavs Finish This Year?

Apparently, the Cavs are the prohibitive favorites to win it all. TNT’s commercials leading up to tip off have featured certain Cavaliers wandering through the desert. Nearly every poll has the Cavs at the top. NBA GM’s even agree that the Cavs will win it all. The expectations are high and that’s not irrational.

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Just don’t forget that it was the Golden State Warriors who took the title home last season and they have nearly their entire roster back for another go around. They play in the Western Conference, which about as treacherous as it gets in basketball at any level. Will they be the same team with Luke Walton (yes, THAT Luke Walton) as their head coach while Steve Kerr recovers from major back surgery? Will Draymond Green take the leap needed to justify his own new huge contract? Will the salary implications of paying Steph Curry, Andrew Bogut, Klay Thompson, and Green force the Warriors to dump a key player’s contract? Can they survive the early playoff rounds against the Spurs, Rockets, Grizzlies, et al?

Those questions are worse to think about than how the Cavs manage life without Shumpert and Irving in the East. I see the Cavs bringing Cleveland their first title in over 500 years. When healthy, this is easily the best roster in the NBA. With Blatt keeping his core group together and strengthening his bench even further with Jefferson, Cunningham, Kaun, and Williams (once Irving returns), the Cavs go a legitimate two deep at each position. I officially see a 58-24 record and a Finals win in 7 games over the Thunder for the 2015-2016 campaign.

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