What is causing Cavaliers to go out of sync on both offense and defense so quickly? Is it too much t

What is causing Cavaliers to go out of sync on both offense and defense so quickly? Is it too much talent, lineup problems, individual play, no focus or no team play?

Cavaliers, leading Eastern Conference with 19-9 and the difference between other top 10 teams in Eastern conference is not very significant.  What this mean is if other teams continue to play the way they are playing now, Cavaliers may be in the top 8 to make it to the playoffs, but may not keep the lead and loose home court advantage.

As of Dec 27th, Cavaliers played 4 games against Western Conference teams and lost 3 of them. That is 25% chance of winning. (It is just 4 games, but numbers don't lie) 

  • Win (106 - 76) on Memphis Grizzlies on Oct 28th 
  • Loss (108 – 114) to New Orleans Pelicans on Dec 4th – Could not close out the game in the regular time and lost focus in OT                                                         
  • Loss (83 - 89) to Golden State Warriors on Dec 25th (Christmas Day) – Both teams played good
  • Loss (76 - 105) to Portland Trail Blazers on Dec 26th – 29-point difference and worst loss of the season

With more than 20 games into the season (28 games as of Dec 27th) with Kyrie, Mozgov and Iman coming back from injuries, Cavs fans expect more fireworks, commendable wins or close games. At this stage everyone expects Cavs to be consistent and rebuild the team confidence. Bad habits can throw off the team balance and bring in more distractions.

It’s only 4 games against the West but the results are clearly exposing the gaps in Cavs defense and offense. LeBron cannot always carry the whole game on his shoulders by scoring, defending and playing all 48 minutes, every game. Other players need to have a strong plan and clear roles, which covers both offense and defense.

Winning 3 games on Philadelphia Sixers does not really help. It might help to keep the numbers but what really matter is winning on the tough teams. These are the teams that show up in playoffs, not Sixers for sure. (No offense to Sixers, just based on the way they are playing now).

Within Eastern Central Division, Cavs player 5 games and lost 3 of them, but still leading Central division

  • Loss to Chicago Bulls
  • Win on Indiana Pacers
  • Loss to Milwaukee Bucks
  • Loss to Detroit Pistons
  • Win on Milwaukee Bucks

Should we hit the panic button? May be not yet but definitely we can see the signs! 12 more games to hit the half season mark and I think we have more clarity on the overall plan and goal of the Cavaliers.

Go Cavs!

 

Kyrie is back and looking pretty good! Kyrie is playing his first after the he left with injury from

Kyrie is back and looking pretty good! Kyrie is playing his first after the he left with injury from last year Finals.  Apart from Harris and Williams every one played today!

Sixers are having the worst record in NBA right now and outcome of this game is pretty much expected.

Cavaliers are now at 18-7, leading the Eastern Conference with current winning streak at 5. Some new things to notice, LeBron did not play in the entire fourth quarter and Dellavedova scoring 20 points with four 3 pointers.

Cavaliers are now back to full strength! Blatt has more choices now to come up with more innovative game plans.

Cavaliers – Net Player Score

With 17 minutes on the floor, Kyrie right away moved into Outstanding category on Net Player Score. Even without playing in fourth quarter, LeBron is still in Outstanding category.

L. James

134.30

Outstanding

K. Irving

93.75

Outstanding

M. Dellavedova

92.11

Outstanding

S. Kaun

67.42

Good

T. Mozgov

66.71

Good

J. Smith

64.07

Good

I. Shumpert

63.83

Good

T. Thompson

55.26

Fair

J. Jones

50.58

Fair

K. Love

41.67

J. Cunningham

39.42

R. Jefferson

35.27

A. Varejao

15.52



Late comeback effort from Thunder was not good enough to take the game into Over Time. It’s a tota

Late comeback effort from Thunder was not good enough to take the game into Over Time. It was all over when LeBron completed his free throw.

OKC 100 - CLE 104

Cavaliers still maintaining tthe top seed in Eastern Conference with 17-7.

It’s a total team effort from Cavaliers! Dellavedova and Tristan fireworks are back and it’s wonderful to watch them play. Tristan did a wonderful job of rebounds. Imagine healthy Kyrie, Mo and Iman coming back into the starting lineup. Love 4 point was superb, a three pointer and a free throw!

I still think Jefferson scored a three pointer but it was recorded as a 2 pointer. In replay, we can see his both feet are behind the 3-point arc. J R Smith was keep showing 3 from sidelines but looks like no one noticed.

Looks like the lady who got badly injured in the fourth quarter, surely will take some time to recover. She totally fell backwards and I am sure her head hit the ground.



LeBron was upset and concerned too. It took some time for him to get back to his rhythm too.

Cavaliers – Net Player Score

L. James

108.54

Outstanding

T. Thompson

74.61

Very Good

M. Dellavedova

56.77

Fair

K. Love

55.41

Fair

R. Jefferson

41.03

J. Smith

40.35

T. Mozgov

19.18

J. Cunningham

7.45

 

Thunder – Net Player Score
As we can see, Thunder played a great team game too. Durant scored 25, Westbrook scored 27 and Ibaka scored 23 points. Interestingly no other player reached double figures.  

R. Westbrook

101.55

Outstanding

S. Ibaka

83.73

Excellent

K. Durant

76.48

Very Good

A. Roberson

66.77

Good

E. Kanter

59.62

Fair

D.J. Augustin

41.43

N. Collison

25.37

K. Singler

23.90

D. Waiters

14.29

S. Adams

7.33