Cavs making Eastern Conference Finals run depends on these 2 variables

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
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Evan Mobley and Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to shock the league. After a surprising season and an offseason filled with quality moves, the team is poised to make a strong playoff push. Everyone is confident with what the team can accomplish with All-Star point guard Darius Garland setting the record straight on what the team wants to do this season.

In a recent sit-down conversation with the Varsity House Podcast, Garland gave his thoughts on the team, talking about how he believes the team can make the Eastern Conference Finals. That’d be quite the jump from last season, when the club was bounced after two play-in losses, but injuries had plenty to do with that, and the group is definitely trending up.

It’s rare to see a team this young and this locked in. The core of the roster is intact, they’ve found pieces to fill the nook and crannies, and have a head coach that has implemented a steady culture within the organization.

Making the ECF is no small task, however. It takes elite-level play on both offense and defense, as well as some luck. The NBA has as much parity as it’s ever had and over the last three seasons, as five different teams have made an ECF push.

So, what will it take for the Cavaliers to make their first push since the 2018 postseason? Aside from some seeding luck, there are two main components for the Cavs to make some real noise in the playoffs.

We’ll touch on the first next.