The Cleveland Cavaliers are a championship level team, but recently they have looked anything but that. It all started when they lost to the Boston Celtics on March 1. The 14 games that would follow that game haven’t been good.
If you include the loss to the Celtics, the Cavs are 6-9 in the 15 game stretch. They allowed more than 100 points in 12 of those games, went 4-4 against teams below .500, and lost by 29 to the Spurs.
Celtics’ star point guard, Isaiah Thomas, thinks the Cavs are struggling, but they will be fine in the end.
“They’ve been struggling for whatever reason but it’s still an NBA-championship-caliber team. They’re defending champions so it goes through them until someone eliminates them. I don’t think you can be too worried about the things that they’re struggling with right now. They’re a really good team. Sooner or later they’ll probably figure it out.” (via Chris Forsberg, ESPN.com)
Stephen A. Smith explains where he stands on the Cavs’ recent struggles on ESPN.
Someone that wasn’t too high on the Cavs, LeBron James in particular, was Skip Bayless. Bayless explained how LeBron “tapped out” against the Spurs.
LeBron stays confident, but right now he thinks the Cavs aren’t playing “good basketball”.
Cavs’ head coach Ty Lue said that the Spurs were just faster than the Cavs. He seemed to laugh it off a bit, but this could be a bigger deal than he thinks.
The Cavaliers excuse of not being fully healthy is starting to not carry any weight, but Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver didn’t play against the Spurs. They have their big three of LeBron, Kyrie, and Love back so they shouldn’t be dropping 9 out of 15 games against a lackluster schedule.
Some people think that the most recent loss to the Spurs by a huge margin has blown the doors wide open in the East, but there are many others who think the Cavs will be just fine despite their struggles.
With the loss last night the Celtics took over the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston has continued to play well and it’s paying off. Regular season seeding really only matters to the teams trying to make it in, but it’s still very impressive that the Celtics are now top dog in the Eastern rankings.