Look out East?
The Cavaliers' heart and soul has returned. Forward LeBron James returned to action after a 5-game absence and made a huge impact immediately. He also asked Coach Mike Brown to come off the bench so that he could come in and game at the same time as Anderson Varejao.
That way, he figured, the fans wouldn't boo Varejao. There's no question this kid is not only very good, but he's crafty. When James, Varejao and Larry Hughes came into the game at the same time, with 5:59 left in the first quarter, there were mostly cheers and only a couple of boos.
Coach Mike Brown is toying with the idea of bringing Hughes off the bench, a la Manu Ginobili and Jerry Stackhouse. Hughes isn't quite on par with those players, but he has been the last two games - 58 points.
Hughes won't always play like this, but for now, he's been sensational. Add Boobie Gibson to this mix, and the Cavs' core is almost intact. Like James said in the post-game, anyone who dismisses this team better have their head examined. The Cavs are primed to make a run at tne Central Division title.
Detroit sure looks solid right now, but don't overlook the Cavs.