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The Cavaliers crushed the Celtics to show they are more playoff-ready than the defending champs, writes Chris Sheridan.

Updated: April 13, 2009, 1:01 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com
LOS ANGELES -- If the Lakers did this -- this being a 116-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets -- with Andrew Bynum still dripping in WD-40 then the Western Conference playoffs will have all the drama of a Tiger Wood-Charles Barkley match-play event. The Nuggets represent the best of the rest, the current No. 2 seed and presumptive conference finals opponent if the chalk holds form, which only reinforces the notion that the gap between the Lakers and the Western field just grew by, oh, seven feet.

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