Cavs a Contender? Or a word that rhymes with "contender" that would instead mean the polar opposite?

By: Anthony Lima
By: Anthony Lima

In this week's edition, Anthony looks at what the stimulus package will mean for the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are having themselves a year to remember.  As of Monday, they're 46-12 and a ridiculous 17 games ahead of rival Detroit in the central divsion. They're also fighting with Boston and Los Angeles for home court advantage throughout the playoffs. They're on pace to shatter their franchise-best record of 57-25 (accomomplished in 1988-89 and in 1992-93). They have arguably the best player in the game in LeBron James, who also happens to be the front-runner in the MVP race. Their coach, Mike Brown, is a good bet for coach of the year accolades.

So do the Cavs have enough to get past the Celtics, a team they fought tooth and nail with in a memorable seven-game series last May? Over the off-season they added the underrated two-guard Maurice "Mo" Williams.  He's averaging 17 ppg this season and was selected to the all-star game.  When healthy, Delonte West is a deadly three-point shooter who's not afraid to mix it up defensively.  Zydrunas (Big Z) has become a reliable outside shooter who can space out the floor and allow LeBron free room to roam. Coming off the bench. Off the bench they have Anderson Varejao, who's one of those pesky defenders and active rebounders.

The one obvious weakness for the Cavs is their lack of an inside big man scorer in the post.  LeBron can sometimes head down to the block, he's improved greatly with his low-post moves. However, they did not address that need at the trading deadline.  Fans wanted Marcus Camby, and we're peaked with interest at the mention of potential Shaq deal that didn't come to fruition.

They were swept by the Lakers in a home-and-home.  They've showed the ability to defeat Boston, but also failed to beat Orlando on the road. They're defensive abilities will keep them in any series and in any game. Will this be the year that Cleveland's sports curse is defeated? Or will popular websites like these stay in vogue?

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