Cleveland Cavaliers 2010 NBA Playoffs: Potential First-Round Matchup

March 26th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
With just 10 games left in the NBA regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have cemented themselves atop the league standings.

They lead the Orlando Magic by seven games for homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference, and lead the L.A. Lakers by three-and-a-half games for homecourt in the Finals.

Winners of eight in a row and 14 of their last 15, Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in the rotation, and Shaquille O'Neal healing nicely from his thumb injury and maintaining healthy conditioning , the Cavs are getting close to 100 percent just in time for the April playoff push.

And while the world is waiting for the second round showdown with Atlanta or Boston (hell, you have to throw Milwaukee in that mix with the way they're playing now), and a juicy, potential ECF rematch with the Magic, there's still that pesky order of dispatching their first round foe.

As we saw in 1994 with the Nuggets and Sonics, or perhaps more famously in 2007 with the Warriors and Mavericks , a bad matchup can lead to the ultimate disaster for a No. 1 seed.

So, who are the teams in the East that the Cavs could draw in the first round? Could any of t ...

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