Clic’s basketball writers have anointed the Cavs as the 2016 champions after the team reached the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.
Cleveland is expected to host the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round, but the Cavs will have to fight to advance if they want to go further.
Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, who won MVP last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the NBA’s leading scorer, but his presence has been sorely missed in the playoffs.
The Cavs, with Waiters and fellow guards Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith as their starting frontcourt, led the league in scoring in the first round, while averaging 112.6 points per game.
Waiters averaged 21.8 points per contest in the regular season, but averaged only 10.9 points in the NBA playoffs.
James and Irving have become the focal point of Cleveland’s success this season.
The Cavaliers went 15-3 in the series, and James scored 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists against the Lakers.
They were also the only teams to beat the Lakers in consecutive years.
The Cavaliers, who have won six of seven games in the postseason, will be looking to win the second of three games to clinch a second title.
The other two games will be played in San Antonio.