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Cavs finish with 2nd seed in Eastern Conference, will open playoffs with Indiana Pacers

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The Cavs path to the Finals is a bit more clear

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA season has come to a close, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have achieved the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference. It is the same spot they found themselves in two seasons ago when they reached the NBA Finals. They were the conference’s top seed a year ago when they won the championship. They’ll begin their defense of that title with a best-of-seven game series with Paul George and the Indiana Pacers.

Were they to advance over the Pacers, they’d meet either the Milwaukee Bucks or Kyle Lowry’s Toronto Raptors.

We’ll get you all the information you need and have guys covering the games live in the coming weeks. Like the Cavs, we tend to be best in these situations. The Pacers have serious deficiencies, but have playmakers and productive players. They won’t be an easy first-round out, but neither were the Pistons a year ago. I’d say it’s more likely than not that the Pacers pull off a win. The Cavs find themselves in the odd position of possibly having to play themselves into shape in the playoffs. We will see if there is indeed a switch to be flipped.