Cavaliers-Hawks series breakdown
Not merely heavy favorites to win the series, Cleveland should advance with such ease that losing two games would rate as a shock. It begins as the most lopsided of the four conference semifinals. It may end as nothing more than a good workout for the Cavaliers, the chance to break a sweat after a long layoff and before the East final that should be the closest thing to a challenge they see before the championship series.
Everything is breaking right for the Cavs. They earned No. 1 in the East, home-court advantage and the chance to stay away from the Magic and Celtics until the third round, then stepped over the Pistons in an easy opener. They made all of that happen. Meanwhile, Atlanta-Miami went seven games, Boston-Chicago went seven games and Orlando had a lot of weak moments over the last month.
Now, the best defensive team in the league gets an opponent in the second round that didn't even finish in the top half in scoring. The James-Johnson angle had better be good, because there isn't much beyond that.
• The Cavaliers may seem young because James is 24 and every other starter other than