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LeBron James would like to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals

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The Cleveland Cavaliers took a two-game advantage over the Atlanta Hawks with a blowout victory in the latest instalment of their Eastern Conference semi-final series. 

There is still a long way to go in the semis, but some people have already began to look ahead to what the Finals in the East could offer, and one particular matchup has stood out above the rest.

In truth, it is the Finals many people have wanted to see since the postseason began. LeBron James leading his Cleveland Cavaliers team against his old friends the Miami Heat. 

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The Cavaliers hold a strong advantage in their series with Atlanta while the Heat are 1-0 up in their clash with the Toronto Raptors. There are still expected to be twists and turns along the way, but James admitted he has allowed himself to think about the possibility. 

After shootaround on Wednesday, before game two, he said: "Naturally, of course. That's since I've came back. It'd be great to play against those guys in the postseason. 

"Throughout my whole career, I've always wanted to go against Wade in a playoff series. We've always talked about it even before we became teammates in '10."

James facing Miami would certainly add some spice to a Finals, which are always a heated occasion with so much on the line for the two competing franchises. 

Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are expected to negotiate their way through the semis without too many issues - they have won their previous nine encounters with the Hawks, stretching back to last season. 

The question is whether Miami can create the Eastern Conference Finals that many fans want to see. Their win over Toronto in game one gives them a great opportunity and James admitted Wade's performance at the Air Canada Centre motivated him. 

"Anytime one of my best friends is able to go out there and perform the way he performs, it's definitely motivating. 

"I was looking forward to game one after watching him in game six, you know, the way he was able to close that game out. 

"They all gritted last night. Not only Miami, but Toronto. It was a slugfest watching that game and they were able to pull it out as well."

There is still a long way to go and both franchises will face a fightback from their current opponents. But given Cleveland's recent record over the Hawks, a sweep in the style of last season's Conference Finals could well be on the cards. 

Having advanced past Detroit without dropping a game, another four-game series would give their roster the chance to rest easy and hopefully, in their eyes, watch the second and third seeds slug it out for the other slot.

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LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Southeast Division
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