Cleveland Cavaliers 2009 Season Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers opened the season with two straight losses, causing unnecessary panic among its fans and many others around the NBA.
The team has since righted the ship, rolling its way into first place in the Central Division. They might win ugly, but at least they all get marked down in the left column of the standings.
They have a solid lead over the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons, and neither team is expected to pose a threat to what amounts to their division title.
The big story coming into the season was the acquisition of center Shaquille O' Neal, but he hasn't been much of a factor thus far.
The Cavaliers have found that Shaq has grown old in a hurry and has a really tough time defending athletic big men away from the basket.
He can still be very effective in certain situations and against certain teams, but some opposing lineups make it very difficult for the Cavaliers to keep him on the court for a long period of time.
This team still lives and dies through LeBron James, although the Cavaliers could assure themselves a championship if they could find someone, anyone, who could serve as his sidekick.
The Cavaliers are pretty much right where they want to be right now, although they will have to pick it up a bit if they want a shot at homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
This team isn't going to go away and will be a factor somewhere along the line in the playoffs, most likely in a meeting with Orlando or Boston to see who moves on to play for an NBA championship