Prior to the NBA season, my expectations for the Cleveland Cavaliers were modest at best. I thought they’d be the No. 5 seed and do no damage in the postseason. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Lebron will get all the attention, but the addition of Mo Williams may be the biggest factor for the Cavs this postseason.

Lebron will get all the attention, but the addition of Mo Williams may be the biggest factor for the Cavs this postseason.

My miscalculation stemmed from two major oversights – how big an addition Mo Williams was and how much better Lebron James would become.

In James’ time with the Cavs, he had never played with a top-tier point guard. Adding Williams to the roster has meant everything for James and the Cavs.

While Williams isn’t a pure passing point guard, he is exactly what the Cavs needed – another big scoring threat on the perimeter. His 44 percent shooting from beyond the arc has proved deadly for opponents that double and triple-team James. Williams has also been lights out from the free throw line – shooting 91 percent from the stripe.

Had I known anything about Williams coming into the season, I’d have seen this coming (cut me some slack, he played for Milwaukee). Actually, if I had looked at the starting lineup that surrounded James when the Cavs made the finals two years ago, I’d have seen this coming (Sasha Pavlovic, Larry Hughes, James, Drew Gooden, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas).

Ilgauskas provides the Cavs with a scoring threat in the post and Anderson Varejao and Delonte West are vastly improved, high-energy players. Off the bench, the Cavs come with defensive stopper Ben Wallace and Joe Smith in the post and sharpshooter Wally Szczerbiak and Daniel Gibson on the perimeter.

Head coach Mike Brown has instilled a tenacious defensive philosophy in the Cavs. They allowed a league-low 91.4 ppg in the regular season and have raised that level of defensive intensity to ridiculous in the playoffs, allowing 78.1 points per game … that’s not a misprint. Sure they played the Pistons and Hawks, but it doesn’t matter.

To add to their advantages, the Cavs swept their way to the conference finals and are well rested with few, if any, injury concerns. Oh, and they’re unbeatable at home. With James’ game reaching  levels that have rarely (if ever) been seen before, it’s safe to say nobody is stopping the Cavs. I’m officially on board … better late than never.

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