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The Cavs are currently 22nd in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Last season's team ranked 10th in the metric, tied with the 2005-06 Heat for the second-worst by a NBA champion in the last 20 seasons.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Who had the best SEASON? That's who gets my MVP vote. Trick is you can legit go FOR or AGAINST all four co-faves. Gonna be a fun few weeks.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In short: Roughly three weeks away from when award ballots are typically due ... not sure how to separate Westbrook, Harden, Kawhi and Bron

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Toughest MVP vote ever? LeBron James is averaging career highs in APG (8.8) and RPG (8.3). No player has ever done that in their 14th season

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cavs' standing in defensive efficiency: 15th in October/November; 14th in December; 14th in January; 23rd in February ... 29th in March.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

If we don't count the Tanking Lakers, the Cavs have the NBA's worst Defensive Rating since the All-Star break (112.6 pts allowed/100).