The Other Side: Cleveland Cavaliers
Wasn't it just perfect that LeBron James christened his "crab dribble" in an area known for its crabs? James's infamous three-step jaunt to the basket -- and the subsequent traveling call by gutsy referee Bill Spooner -- added another chapter to a rivalry that has been quite one-sided, in Cleveland's favor, in recent years.
Two teams that were separated by just two games last season now find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum, with the Washington Wizards having the worst record in the Eastern Conference and praying for some lottery luck and the Cleveland Cavaliers having the league's best record and focused on winning the first NBA championship in franchise history. That hasn't kept each of the two games this season from being decided by less than five points, with each team winning at home.
Cleveland comes to town riding a season-high and franchise-record 13-game winning streak. Here's what else you should know about the Cavaliers as they prepare to play the Wizards tonight at Verizon Center:
1. LeBron James Is Making a Strong MVP Case
Is this thing really supposed to be a race? The Cavaliers recently created a Web site, LeBronIsReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyGood.com, to support the could-be King. He's putting up incredible numbers, his team has the best record, and who else is sitting down with Steve Kroft for interviews on "60 Minutes"? His hometown of Akron is also delivering the message that LBJ is MVP.
2. Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert Is Committed to Winning
The Cavaliers aren't good just because of LeBron James. They also have an owner in Dan Gilbert, who is trying to spend money to win a championship. Cleveland has a $91 million payroll this season. Guess who is the highest paid player? You're right if you said ... Ben Wallace.
3. The Cavs Are Cleveland's Best Hope for a Championship
The pre-game rituals have been entertaining, but behind all of the clowning is a serious team. Cleveland has not won a championship since the Browns won the NFL championship 1964. The past 45 years have been filled with misery and pain, but the Cavaliers have finally given its fans legitimate hope for a title.
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