ESPN’s Cavs preview

Forget the Browns for a moment, let’s talk about a winner for a change. LBJ and the Cavaliers will begin their playoff and potential championship run in just seven days. Big things are expected from Mike Brown’s squad this season and anything less than an Eastern Conference finals appearance may be termed as a disappointment. In any event, we can’t help but be ecstatic over Cavs season finally starting. I think we all have a bitter taste in our mouths over the way last season ended. Ten of ESPN.com’s experts weigh in on how they think the Cavs will finish this season.

Here’s a sample of some various opinions:

Scoop Jackson:
Am I the only Witness? It’s not about LeBron this year, it’s about getting Larry Hughes back. They did everything last year without him — and they still came close. Now watch it really go down.
DIVISION RANK: 1 | CONFERENCE RANK: 1

Chad Ford:
With LeBron, the Cavs are contenders. A healthy Hughes will be gravy. Still, with major issues at point guard and no depth in the middle, the Cavs look like they’re a piece or two away from the title.
DIVISION RANK: 2 | CONFERENCE RANK: 3

Marc Stein:
The Central is so brutal that the Cavs could win another 50 games and still finish third. They’ll need an MVP season from LeBron — or big improvement from Hughes, Donyell Marshall and D-Jones — to avoid that fate.
DIVISION RANK: 3 | CONFERENCE RANK: 5

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