Welp, this isn’t a good sign coming out of Cleveland.
The Cavaliers and Warriors have faced off in the NBA Finals for the past three seasons, something that has never been done before in NBA history. Both teams have had an iron grip on their respective conferences since 2015, both in the regular season and playoffs, proven by both team’s records in last season’s playoffs — the Warriors going 16-1 and the Cavs going 12-1 before meeting Golden State in the Finals.
But according to ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin, some players on the Cavs roster believe the current season will end in the same manner last season did for Cleveland despite the waiting game they’re playing.
“Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.”
It’d be fair to say that the Cavs have faced some struggles early on in the season, which have led to more losses compared to previous seasons. Having to wait for players like Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose to be fully healthy, as well as trying to build chemistry in a squad with many new faces definitely haven’t helped the Cavs quest for a second title, even with LeBron James playing out of his mind.
Even though Cleveland is currently sitting third in the Eastern Conference standings, they aren’t really hot on the heels of the two teams above them — the Boston Celtics (7.5 games back), who they traded Kyrie Irving to in the offseason, and the Toronto Raptors (4 games back).
With the current NBA season already reaching it’s halfway point, the Cavs are running out of time — and excuses — to try and compete against the likes of the Warriors.