The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA. Yet, the Cavaliers look like a completely disoriented basketball team and almost all of their future championship aspirations have bitten the dust.
After their latest unraveling at the hands of the Houston Rockets in a 120-88 drubbing at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their 8th loss of 17 or more points on the season. The loss also marked the 19th time that the Cavaliers have allowed 120 or more points in a game.
This team looks disjointed, lethargic, completely out of sync and the worse part about everything is that the effort on the players part is absolutely invisible. It just isn’t there. That urgency. That desire to go after every possesion like it’s their last. Where has all of that gone?
Another thing that is sorely missing from this team is a horrible lack of discipline. This is something that you don’t and shouldn’t expect from a team filled with veteran players. Terrible body language, horrible communication, finger pointing, in-game bickering, etc. The list is just entirely too long.
Even more distracting than the lack of effort and discipline that they have shown on the floor is the in-house uncertainty that has been taking place lately. The Cavaliers have held a series of team meetings in the past couple of months simply ‘to clear the air’. LeBron James’ immediate future has also been a major conflict as well.
Players were being targeted, including Isaiah Thomas for his slow start and Kevin Love for missing some games with the flu (which I thought was completely asinine). Despite losing 12 of their last 18 matchups, head coach Tyronn Lue appears to be safe at the moment. However, how long he remains the head man in Cleveland for the rest of the season remains to be seen.
It’s an ugly situation in Cleveland that has been salted by embarassing losses. Especially on primetime television. Their 1-8 record on nationally televised games is easily the worst in the NBA. It’s gotten so bad that LeBron James has gone out of his way to say that the Cavs should be taken off of national television all together.
Unlike other times when the Cavaliers faced adversity, this doesn’t appear like it will end well. A bad defensive team with a pile of injured, old, veteran players that don’t fully trust one another is nothing like any adversity they have ever faced.
Do they have time to right the ship? Of course. It’s only February. The trade deadline will be here within the next couple of weeks. Will they get the job done in the playoffs and come out of the Eastern Conference for a 4th consecutive year? The way things are looking at the moment? I sincerely don’t think so.