The Cleveland Cavaliers are usually always going to be in the news, whether it’s bad or good. This is largely because LeBron James is on the team, who might very well be the most talked about player in NBA history. So far this season, the Cavaliers have been on both sides of the spectrum.
They started out in a huge funk, losing to teams that they shouldn’t have lost to. A big part of their early season struggles were all of the new faces that were included in the offseason. These additions were made because of the peculiar departure of Kyrie Irving.
The biggest piece the Cavaliers got in return for Irving was Isaiah Thomas. Thomas finished fifth in the MVP voting last year and had a breakout season with the Boston Celtics. Cavaliers’ fans were thrilled to finally see him take the court.
Thomas was very effective in his first two games, but his last few outings have been dreadful. This was expected given the fact that he has been sidelined for seven months. It is obvious that Thomas still hasn’t gotten his legs back under him.
In the midst of this storyline, the Cavaliers dropped their third straight game against the Indiana Pacers. This result is following two consecutive thrashings by the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors.
During this recent skid, the Cavaliers have struggled with consistent effort. It almost appears as if they are going through the motions, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Cavaliers’ effort started out a lot better against the Pacers, but they reverted back to their lackadaisical selves in the third quarter. During this quarter the Pacers had two separate 11-0 runs that helped them get right back into the game.
Things do not get easier for the Cavaliers as the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, are in town this coming Monday. The Cavaliers will have to play with relentless effort if they would like to have any chance of slaying the champions.
The Cavaliers will also have to get more production from Jae Crowder and J.R. Smith, who have struggled mightily this entire season. The good news for Cavalier fans is that it is still way too early. Most of the Cavaliers’ problems can be fixed with more effort, which can definitely be accomplished. They will look to get back to winning ways on Martin Luther King Jr. day.
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