The Cavaliers did it. They weathered the storm.
Tuesday against the 76ers, Larry Hughes will reportedly be back in uniform.
Between New Year's Day, when Hughes was told to have surgery on his broken finger, and now, the Cavs have played more than 40 games. LeBron James elevated his game to new levels, Flip Murray was acquired from Seattle and the Cavs are now riding an eight-game winning streak.
As soon as the Cavs clinch the fourth seed, they can start resting guys and giving Hughes a chance to knock the rust off.
With Murray and a healthy Hughes in the lineup, the Cavs suddenly become one of the more dangerous teams in the East's playoff picture. I still don't think they can take Detroit or Miami in a seven-game series, but advancing to the second round is suddenly realistic. Maybe it should even be expected.