Although the Cleveland Cavaliers have not been on-point nearly enough thus far in early-season play, there have been some positive signs and there is reason to believe they can and will get on the right track. This is a talented Cavaliers club, and they should be able to figure things out with the talent this team has, and as they get healthier, they should be able to settle in.
Granted, Cleveland is only 4-6 on the campaign, and they definitely need to get some things ironed out, but some injuries have not made establishing a rhythm easy as a group, nor has some shuffling of lineups.
Now, the Cavaliers have gotten back Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, which should help them get going more here, and those players are valuable guys for the Cavs. It’s been somewhat of a mixed bag for both thus far, either way, and Garland especially has to be more consistent. Him being ruled out of Wednesday night’s game at the Portland Trail Blazers with a neck strain isn’t great, but in time, he needs to find his rhythm.
All of that said, while he’s not a player who is going to have the impact of Garland game-to-game, for example, in this recent handful of outings, it’s clear the Cavaliers have been missing what Isaac Okoro brings defensively and with his hustle plays. There had been some good signs offensively from Okoro, too.
Okoro will miss the Portland game as well, in what will mark his fifth straight game out with what’s been designated as knee soreness. It’s been safe to say Cleveland’s missed his defensive play recently.