The Cleveland Cavaliers just incurred another loss this month to Chicago Bulls. Should this be the wake up-call for the reigning champions?
Let’s analyze how their season has been so far and how they need to pan out their final stretch in order to stay atop in the race for the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference and how to improve their defensive issues.
They started off the season a little rusty but are now in a bad shape, even though there is not much to panic as they are just half a game behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern standings and have already clinched the division title.
But do the Cavaliers really need to go all guns blazing and thoroughly improve their defense to maintain their status as the top team in NBA?
My answer : Yes, they do.
The Cavaliers are consistently going south on their defensive end anx having an offense-heavy lineup to overshadow that isn’t gonna cut it, now.
LeBron James has undoubtedly been the best player for the Cavaliers and is having a brilliant season but the guy can’t be everywhere and do everything and this is where the defense needs to step in.
Kyrie Irving and LeBron are putting up incredible numbers but they don’t look good enough as compared to the defensive loopholes in their gameplay.
It’s astounding to see that the Cavaliers are currently on rank 22 in defensive ratings, giving away 108 points per 100 possessions.
What’s worse is that theyve gotten worse post the All Star break and are allowing 113.7 points per 100 possessions.
It may be noticeable that a team which has only Iman Shumpert on defensive note (and even he’s struggling with injuries) and some of its players are still injured, the Cavaliers need to improvise during the final stretch of the season and go all in.
They are famous for not taking the regular season sseriously and then going into play-offs like a team that’s here only to win but we have JUST 8 games to go.
NOW IS THE TIME WE NEED LEBRON JAMES TO INSPIRE THEM TO GLORY.
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