The news is out – Shaq is going to miss two months with his thumb injury, returning just in time for the playoffs… so the plan goes. With Big Z not able to return (and you better believe he will return) for another month or so, the Cavs are severely depleted on the interior. You know you’re not in a good situation when you need to place heavy reliance on Anderson Varejao. No championship-aspiring team should be forced to do that. Alas, the Cavaliers will be.

So how do you think they’ll cope over the remainder of the season? Will they slide towards the pack in the East? Will they lose home-court throughout the playoffs to the Lakers? Or will Lebron just kick into another gear and make us look stupid for asking this question?

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