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Cleveland Cavaliers Eying the Playoffs

By August 29, 2013

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Dan GilbertAfter a few seasons of suffering, are the Cleveland Cavaliers finally ready to reach the NBA postseason for the first time since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach?

You can bet Cavs owner Dan Gilbert certainly thinks so following an offseason full of high-profile acquisitions. The team used their No. 1 overall draft pick on Anthony Bennett and picked up center Andrew Bynum in free agency.

Click here to read my detailed 2013-14 NBA preview of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A lot of Cleveland's potential success during the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season hinges on the health of Kyrie Irving and Bynum. Irving has had his fair share of injuries during his first two NBA seasons and Bynum's injuries have been well documented.

For the first time since James' departure, the Cavaliers have enough talent on their roster to compete for a playoff spot. Irving is one of the NBA's youngest and brightest stars while a healthy Bynum has been called the best center in the NBA by some so-called experts.

I definitely see the Cavs making the playoffs this season, but I don't expect them to get past the first round. I do, however, believe they could make a run towards a championship in 2016 if Gilbert can keep his current roster together.

Do you think Cleveland will reach the playoffs this season?

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