The Cleveland Cavaliers went a dismal 7-8 and in January. Players and fans are frustrated and trying to figure out where things aren’t working, but there isn’t too much cause for concern. Things will work themselves out and you will probably see the Cavs in the Finals for a third straight year.
1) Eastern Conference Strength
Think about LeBron’s first year back in Cleveland. The Atlanta Hawks were the No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage and the Cavaliers swept them. The same result happened last year in the playoffs. Not much need to worry about the East.
2) January was cold to all
The Cavs went 7-8 in January, doubling their loss total on the season. But let’s look around the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder went 7-7, the Toronto Raptors went 7-9. Looking at the NCAA, the 1,2, and 4 ranked teams all lost on the same night. January is over now. Look for teams to warm back up in the upcoming months.
3) LeBron’s subtweets/public criticisms led to title
Last season, James went to twitter to vent a little of his frustration with the team and critics. Even over the offseason, he subtweeted to Dan Gilbert about getting contracts negotiated for key players J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Eventually, those tweets meant nothing, then the Cavs won a championship. Expect these recent comments and tweets to fire up the team and expect a return trip to the Finals.
4) There are 82 Games in a season
The Cavaliers are 32-16 and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The season is almost half over and even if they continue their mediocre play, they will be back in the playoffs and most likely their 3rd straight Finals. Don’t think that the Cavs will stay this way. They have a lot of time to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
5) Key players are injured
Kevin Love is continuing to struggle with back issues that are causing him to miss time and not perform at his highest levels. J.R. Smith has been out with a thumb injury. He is a catalyst to offensive runs. Without the two, the Cavs lose two great three-point shooters. Don’t worry, they’ll be back and itching to help the team. Blowouts have happened before
6) Blowouts have happened before
Last season on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Golden State Warriors put an epic beatdown on the Cavaliers, winning the game. This season, the Warriors bashed the Cavaliers in Cleveland 132-98. Are the Cavs nervous? N, because they realize they don’t care about beating the Warriors during the season. They care about beating them in June. The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals
7) The Warriors Blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals
Okay, okay, enough memes and jokes. In all seriousness, both teams are itching to get back to the Finals. It will be the decisive rubber match. Who will win? Will the Warriors avenge the blown opportunity from last season or will the Cavaliers prove they are top dog? Book your calendars you will see them go at it in June.