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
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.