As the new year dawned, the Cleveland Cavaliers, confounding critics and surprising just about everyone but themselves, sported the most wins in the NBA. They climbed into the catbird’s seat after completing a superb West Coast trip that saw them dispatch two of the top three Western Conference teams with relative ease. Cleveland ended 2009 on a 9-1 run that included statement wins over Phoenix and the L.A. Lakers, followed by an impressive home-and-home sweep of the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks. It would be easy to dismiss their current surge as a temporary hot streak, but that would be a mistake. This wasn’t a case of the Cavaliers picking on the weak of the world. In fact, Cleveland has played some of its best basketball this season against the best the league has to offer. T ...
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