That’s what we were promised
After suffering through two seasons of some of the worst basketball Cavs fans have ever been subjected to, this year was supposed to be different. There were two more promising draft picks, plus the development of our two top picks from last year.
This season the team had potential.
That potential became reality on November 5th when the Cavs traveled to L.A to play the Clippers, in a game many thought the Cavs would lose. They beat the Clippers with a combined 52 points from Waiters and Irving, a double-double from Varejao, and a solid contribution from the bench. The win had Cavs fans thinking the future was NOW!!
Unfortunately it’s been all downhill from there.
The Cavs have lost six straight and while there is a list of things they have not been doing well, consistency is the most glaring. It just seems like the Cavs are a team that struggles putting it all together.
In Golden State for instance, coming off that big win in L.A, the Cavs played well in spots, but overall they played sloppy and lacked energy. As a result they were out shot and out rebounded and the game was never really close.
Or, how about against Brooklyn where a 34-point effort by Kyrie and a 35-point, 18-rebound gem by Varejao went for not, as the bench was only able to contribute a measly six points, shooting 2-of-14 (14 percent).
Finally, Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, this time the frontcourt was solid, but Kyrie and Dion combined for only 14 points on 6-of-27 shooting. As a result the team only shot 35 percent.
While inconsistency is a common trait of young teams, at some point it has to improve. The Cavs are near or at the bottom of the NBA in points, field goal percentage, assist to turnover ratio, blocks and the list goes on and on.
You cannot win in the NBA like this, not now…or in the future. Until they get more consistent on both sides of the ball, better days are still far away.