Central Links: Cavaliers, James, Pacers

January 15 2013 at 9:01pm CST By Alex Lee

The latest news and notes from around the Central Division on Tuesday night:

  • Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer opines that even with all the recent LeBron James talk with regard to the summer of 2014, the Cavaliers must put a winner on the floor next year to prove to everyone they're not the perennial doormat they've been of late.  We've heard the team will do nothing to jeopardize their 2014 financial flexibility, but Pluto warns against putting all their eggs in that basket.  
  • Meanwhile, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio writes that while the Cavs aren't remotely banking on James returning to Cleveland, there seems to be a lot of arrows pointing in that direction.  Amico says, depending on the development of the pieces in Cleveland, it could be a perfect fit and based on what he hears from around the league, the animosity over "The Decision" won't be nearly as big an obstacle as one might think.
  • Grantland's Zach Lowe breaks down the dominant Pacers defense, which he describes as "potentially historically great."  However, Lowe says, no team as offensively challenged as Indiana has been this year has ever won the NBA title.  The imminent return of Danny Granger should help, but to have a chance at dethroning the Heat, the Pacers will probably need other players, like Roy Hibbert, to step up without losing much on the defensive end of the floor.
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