The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2-8 in their last 10 games. Apparently, this is the worst stretch of losing in LeBron’s career. They’ve got the Magic coming up at home on Thursday after six days of rest, a sure fire win for anyone else.
Not Their Usual Struggle
At 26-17, the Cavs have not lived up to any of the expectations that people (and themselves) had for this team. They started 5-7, but then went on a 13-game win streak. This put everyone at ease for the moment, until their troubles started again. But the excuses came pouring: the team isn’t healthy; just wait until Isaiah comes back at PG; blah, blah, blah. Well, Tristan Thompson and Isaiah Thomas are back and the Cavs are still losing. They rank 28th in defensive efficiency and their role players just aren’t getting it done. Once again, it’s LeBron trying to carry this team to the Finals by himself. But with a more competitive Eastern conference this year, that just seems highly unlikely. It seems the panic is really starting to set in for everyone.
Who’s the Coach Again?
Every team has a leader. For the Cavs, it’s only natural that their leader is LeBron. But there’s a difference between being a leader and trying to be the coach. In the game where they were being blown out by Toronto, there was a video clip of the Cavs bench that went viral. LeBron was absolutely irate about the lack of defense his team was playing. Now, this shouldn’t be a big deal right? Well, when you’re the one talking during EVERY time out and the coach is the one listening, then it’s a problem. More often than not, it seems LeBron is the coach and Tyron Lue is just the guy they put there to make it look official. I respect Lue and I think he could be a heck of a coach if LeBron would let him do his job. Obviously, LeBron leading the way isn’t working anymore, so it’s time to take your team back Lue!
Uncertain Future= Lackluster Effort?
Is it just me, or is this ‘bump in the road’ a direct result of the team’s insecurities? What I mean is, the fact that LeBron will be a free agent next year seems to be affecting the mentality of everyone else. A lot of the players expressed concern over their problems not being ‘fixable’, and that loss to the Pacers even had Lue throwing jabs. Let’s be clear, LeBron only came back to Cleveland because of a young Kyrie Irving. Now that he’s left and the age of the Cavs is being exposed, he will no doubt seek a younger team to take over this offseason. So yes, the King has an agenda, okay? Lue was not being petty here. My take on it: why am I going to play hard for a teammate who clearly has plans to bounce after this year? Especially after he fought so hard to bring me here. Why if you were going to leave me hanging anyways?
Well, the saga continues in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kyrie is leading the Celtics to the top of the East and trolling the King on the Gram. Well, he only did it that one time… right?