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A Little Too Cavalier: Five Overlooked Road Bumps in Cleveland's Title Run

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 14 of their last 15 games.

The Cavs maintain a 57-15 record and lead the second-seeded Orlando Magic by seven games (with only 10 left to play) in the Eastern Conference.

Longtime center and fan favorite Zyrdunas Ilgauskas has returned following the team's acquisition of Antawn Jamison.

Shaquille O'Neal is mending a sprained thumb and should be ready for the playoffs. His absence has gone almost unnoticed as the squad has just kept winning without him (just like it did without Mo Williams and Delonte West a few months back).

All is well in Cleveland. The Cavs can now sharpen their focus on getting to the NBA Finals.

Not so fast.

While the Cavs are certainly the favorites to come out of the East and have all the above and more working in their favor, there are several potential problems that could come to unhinge Cleveland's title hopes.

The last thing the Cavaliers need to do entering the playoffs is assume the Eastern Conference crown is a foregone conclusion. All one needs to do is go back 10 months to remember how badly the Cavs were outplayed and embarrassed by the Magic (and, coming into that series, how nearly nobody mentioned how much the Magic's length, three-point shooting, and inside presence would trouble the Cavs).

If the Cavaliers aren't too careful during this year's playoff run, any one of the following could be the Cavs' 2010 playoff derailment.

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