Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Boston Celtics, 104-93

There was a time when the Cavaliers measured themselves against the Celtics.

LeBron James and Co. were the fourth seed that took the top-seeded Celtics, a 66-win, championship-bound buzzsaw, to seven games in a playoff series in 2008.

In two short years, the roles have reversed.

Anointed by everyone from Nike to the NBA’s marketing department as the Eastern Conference’s lock for the Finals, Cleveland is the top team in the league, having ripped off winning streaks of...