Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday Sports Blog exposes the obvious to every hoops fan who tuned into TNT last night to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The LeBron James led Cavs are still not an NBA championship caliber team.
After witnessing yesterday’s brutal beat down in Cleveland by last year’s NBA champion, Cavs fans have every reason to worry.
Unless the Cavs immediately improve several facets of their game, NBA title hopes will once again elude the championship starved city.
The NBA Eastern Conference’s top team was once again over matched by another front running Western Conference opponent.
Last night’s 132 – 98 Golden State drubbing denuded a listless Cleveland Cavaliers squad and divulged to the league just how clunky and cumbersome last year’s NBA runner-up could be at times – both offensively and defensively.
Twitter Shows “No Love” to Kevin Love
The Twiiter-verse lit up early in yesterday’s contest as callous fans ridiculed a slow-footed Kevin Love as he awkwardly attempted to guard against a beautifully designed Warriors pick and roll.
Love was not only a liability defensively for the Cavaliers last night, but he only scored 3 points and seemed overwhelmed by the superior athleticism of the Warriors’ Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala.
Even the Cavs’ unquestioned leader, LeBron James, appeared at times to sulk and take plays off.
And, scintillating guard Kyrie Irving gambled too often on defense and dribbled entirely too much on offense, causing an already anemic Cavs’ offense to grind to a halt.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Big 3 Need to Lead Defensively
The Cleveland Big 3 needs to step up soon.
James, Love and Irving need to lead by example, especially defensively, if they expect to compete with the Warriors or the equally talented San Antonio Spurs for the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.
LeBron James tried to shake off last night’s performance as “one of those nights!”
However, NBA fans could clearly sense James’ frustration and see firsthand the Cavs’ vulnerability defensively. Plus, the team’s preponderant dependence on James was evident, too, leaving many to wonder if the 31 year-old superstar can carry his teammates again as he brilliantly displayed during last year’s title run.
Expect the Cavs’ front office to be working overtime to correct last night’s ugly loss by shopping for more athletic components to compliment James.
With a much ballyhooed and healthy Big 3 in its lineup last night, the Cavs were expected to make a much better showing in a what TNT touted as a possible prelude to the 2016 NBA Finals.
However, what Cleveland delivered was an entirely unanticipated outcome. And, that’s because even with a reunited Big 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers still are not an NBA championship caliber team.
That’s my 2 cents.
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