Cavalier fans have been getting along nicely with a bit of an us-against-the-world mentality.
But lately there have been some serious blows to that underdog mentality, including the most powerful man on the planet saying (in March!) that your team is going to the Finals. Add to that the leading MVP candidate, the league's best record, high TV ratings, the adoration of "60 Minutes," high payroll in a bad economy ... It's getting to be time for Cavalier fans to try on the feeling of being the favorites.
At the end of an interview Friday with the New York Times (ostensibly about Vice President Joseph R. Biden), Mr. Obama was asked which teams he anticipated would meet in the NBA finals.
His prediction: Cleveland would play the Los Angeles Lakers.
No Celtics-Lakers rematch, in other words.
The president did not predict a winner, but was effusive about the Lebron James-led Cavaliers. "I'm telling you, those Cavs," Mr. Obama marveled. "They've only lost one game all year at home. Thirty-five and one." (Actually 33 and 1, as of Friday.)
"And they have home court advantage. That's pretty impressive."