Darius Garland: ‘We can make it to the Eastern Conference Finals next year’

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Now, All-Star point guard Darius Garland has made it clear that he not only thinks his Cavs can get into the playoffs, but also make it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. He said as much when he was a guest on the “Varsity House” podcast. “I think we can get even better,” he said. “I think we can make it to the Eastern Conference Finals next year for sure. We’re coming back with a chip on our shoulder. … We’re a young team. Like you said, we battled through a lot of adversity this season. So, it was cool just being there, but we not satisfied. We all in. We all ready to rock and roll.”
Source: Jonathan Sherman @ CavaliersNation.com

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