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The Cleveland Cavaliers are absolutely steamrolling their way through the Eastern Conference playoffs. They’re 10-0 through the first two-and-a-half rounds, and if the Raptors’ uninspiring effort in Game 2 on Thursday night is any indication, the Cavs are well on their way to a “fo, fo, fo” trip to the NBA Finals.
With their Game 2 win, Tyronn Lue became the only first-time head coach to amass a 10-0 record to start the playoffs. It’s a milestone his troops were more than eager to help him celebrate with a water-bottle shower in the locker room after the game. It was just the latest example of just how much delirious fun this team won’t stop reminding us that they’re having along the way. What’s more, it’s hard not to see Lue’s succession as perhaps the biggest catalyst for this newly-discovered chemistry. I mean, can you imagine them doing this for David Blatt?
Still, the Cavs haven’t really been tested yet, and there’s an argument to be made that a cake-walk through the Eastern Conference might saddle them with a false sense of security. They could be in for a rude awakening when they finally face some real adversity upon what would appear to be their increasingly-inevitable return to the NBA Finals next month. But unlike last year, they’re healthy and firing on all cylinders precisely because everyone is in sync.