Can LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers claw through some adversity in the second round of the NBA Playoffs and overcome their one-game hole against the threatening Chicago Bulls?

ESPN’s Chris Broussard thinks they will but would consider it a “failure” if they don’t.

“It’s a failure,” Broussard said on the Marc Hochman Show With Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM. “I think they should win the Eastern Conference. I think LeBron’s got more help now than he ever had when he was in Cleveland [before]. So it’s a failure. A lot of people just think the Bulls have a better team.

“I don’t want to hear any excuses. Kevin Love — all the basketball world, if you will, did was complain about Love. They didn’t play him in some fourth quarters. Now all of a sudden it’s like you lost Dwyane Wade or something? Come on.”

With the Bulls clinging to a 1-0 lead having yet to play on their homecourt, Bovada has made them the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Chicago is currently 3/2 and Cleveland is 8/5.

Yet Broussard still is picking the Cavs to advance.

“I’m still going with Cleveland,” he said. “I think LeBron’s going to play much better than he did in Game 1.

“I still have the Cavaliers winning this series in seven, which would obviously be on their court.”

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