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5 Teams The Cavs Could See In The 2016 NBA Finals

John Kuntz | Northeast Ohio Media Group

The performance you saw out of the Cleveland Cavaliers last season was as close to an NBA championship as they’ve been in the team’s history. Two wins away, with a heartbreaking loss on their home floor, the Cavs will be back with a vengeance next season.

As of right now, the Cavaliers are odds on favorites to not just make it out of the Eastern Conference, but to win it all. For the Cavaliers to complete what they are expected to, they will have to do something they couldn’t last season, stay healthy.

Without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the NBA Finals, it was the LeBron James show. Unfortunately, others like JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova went cold when they were needed most. In fact, those few times that LeBron James was not on the court, the Cavaliers did not make a field goal. They went 0-21, and were simply dominated.

After only strengthening the squad (assuming Tristan Thompson re-signs), Cleveland will have to beat the best of the West to finally bring a title to the most deserving city in the nation. With so many tough teams in the Western Conference, it’s anybody’s guess who could make it out of that madhouse, so here are the five teams the Cavs are most likely to see in the Finals.

5. Houston Rockets

The Rockets are tough matchup, and can be the best team in basketball on their day. James Harden was very close to being dubbed the league MVP last season, and will be on a mission to reach the plateau he was so close to achieving.

The Rockets added veteran Ty Lawson who has his reputation on the line, he has everything prove in leading his new team. Lawson should start for this team, with plenty of weapons in his arsenal.

Houston looked like they were going to bow out of last season’s playoffs to the LA Clippers, who held a 3-1 series advantage at one stage. Harden and co made one spirited comeback, eventually beating the Clippers, only to face the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

With an experienced coaching staff, a good balance of seasoned vets and exciting youth, expectations will be high for Houston.

Dwight Howard is right in his prime, with Harden just about to enter that stage of his career. For this team, the time is now.

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