After 81 regular season games, it's now official. The Cavs will have the Eastern Conference's top seed in the playoffs and homecourt advantage until a potential NBA Finals matchup with whoever comes out of the West. If it's the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs, the Cavs would surrender homecourt in a potential game seven.
We still don't know who exactly the Cavs will play, though it will be either the Indiana Pacers or the Detroit Pistons. We will keep you updated to let you know how the playoff picture is shaping up. It hasn't been a smooth season for the Cavaliers, who have had to overcome injuries to Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert. They've gotten largely dependable play from LeBron James, Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson, and J.R. Smith. Kevin Love has been a fringe All-Star off major shoulder surgery.
It's probably worth noting that none of this happens without LeBron James, who would be challenging for an MVP in a normal year. He's been insane of late, but he's been great all season. It's nice having him back in Cleveland.
Where the Cavs go from here is anyone's guess, but they will be huge favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference for the second year in a row. We will have all your coverage.