Cavaliers movin’ on up

In Marc Stein’s latest power rankings, the Cavaliers moved into the top five, sandwiched in between the Spurs and Suns.

“Yet there’s no denying that LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, who halted New Jersey’s 14-game win streak Saturday and have a 10-1 record since March 14, deserve their promotion into the top five of ESPN.com’s NBA Power Rankings. It remains to be seen if James’ inexperienced gang is ready to win a playoff series, but the Cavs’ surge — coupled with the return of Larry Hughes — edges them past the Suns and Heat to account for one significant shift in the upper reaches of the rankings.”

With Miami struggling as of late and the Cavs proving they can beat New Jersey, home or away, a strong case can be made that Cleveland could be the second best team in the East going into the playoffs.

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