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Cleveland Cavaliers Juggernaut Keeps On Rolling

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 6: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the fourth quarter during a game against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 6, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 105-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Tim BielikSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2009

LeBron James hasn't had much to be disappointed about this year. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the NBA and are about to surpass the franchise-best win total.

James is having an MVP-esque year, while having great help from his teammates along the way.

Mo Williams is the first guy that comes to mind. Mo is averaging his highest career scoring average at 18 ppg, while having career-highs in three-pt shooting and free throw percentage.

Aside from that, Mo has been as clutch as the Cavs could hope for. Time and again, he has made important shots throughout the season.

His backcourt partner, Delonte West, has proven to be an amazing steal in the Ben Wallace trade a year ago. He brings tremendous heart and lockdown D to the table.

Plus, he's also a very good shooter with driving ability. Despite being injured for a good portion of the season, he has proven to be one of the Cavs' many X-factors in their postseason run.

Another source of great improvement for this group has been the bench play. Guys like Wally Szczerbiak and Anderson Varejao have been crucial to the team's success all season, especially with their large amount of injuries throughout the season.

And as always, Big Z remains as consistent as ever with his jumpshot and tip drills.

At 57-13, the Cavs have a four-game lead over Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference and home court throughout the playoffs.

With two more games than the Celtics left in their schedule, Cleveland clearly has the inside track to the top spot.

These teams will meet one last time in Cleveland near the end of the season. That game may very well be a preview of the conference finals this year.

This season has been more unusual than recent years, due to a large amount of injuries. Basically, every team has had their share of injuries to deal with.

Of all these teams, Cleveland seems to have done the most with all their injuries. When West and Ilgauskas both went down, many felt that they couldn't stay atop the East anymore.

Not only did the Cavaliers prove them wrong, but they actually have slowly pulled away from the competition, thanks to a long home stand in recent weeks.

If the road to the Larry O'Brien Trophy goes through Cleveland, teams will have to solve this Cavaliers group. They are a blistering 32-1 inside Quicken Loans Arena, and they play eight of their final 12 games at home.

Good luck trying to catch this team, because when they're home, they're almost unbeatable.

Cleveland is no longer blowing teams out by double digits every win, but they look as dominant as they've been all season. And with the playoffs around the corner, the style of play in the postseason favors how Cleveland plays.

All these signs point to Cleveland being the likely champion when the season ends, ending the 45-year championship drought which has plagued the city for generations.

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