With all the talk of the Western Conference having some great match-ups throughout the playoffs, nobody has really talked about the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have steamrolled their way to the Eastern Conference Finals and they could be on their way back to the NBA Finals.
Many debate whether LeBron James is a better player than Michael Jordan ever was. While that may still be up for debate, the former has led his team to something the latter never did: an 9-0 start in the playoffs.
The Cavaliers swept both the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds. They beat up on the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night with a 115-84 final.
The closest the Bulls ever came to a clean run through the playoffs and to the NBA championship was in 1991 when they went 15-2, dropping a game to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round. Even the almighty 95-96 Bulls team lost a game to the New York Knicks before getting to the NBA Finals, where the dropped two to the Seattle Supersonics.
The Los Angeles Lakers had better starts than 9-0 in both 1989 and 2001. The former team went 11-0 before being swept in the finals and the latter swept the first three rounds and lost only one game in the finals for an unprecedented 15-1 record.
The Cavaliers would have to sweep this round and the NBA Finals to break the record, which might be pretty tough to do. Of course, all this talk of records in the playoffs does not mean much if the the team fails to win the championship.
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