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With Love out for 6 weeks, Toronto getting Ibaka and Boston & Washington surging, Cleveland will need to exert more effort to get through the East this season. After the relative cake walk last year (did anyone think those Toronto losses in ECF were anything more than boredom/complacency?) wouldn’t be surprised if Cavs were extended to 6–7 games in both rounds 2 & 3 of East.

Mainly due to style of play, I feel Boston & Washington have higher upside than Toronto to upset the Cavs, they’re both one piece away from making things REALLY interesting.