Over the weekend, LeBron James called his slumping, underachieving Cleveland Cavaliers “a fragile team.” James is partially right. As a group, the Cavaliers aren’t dealing very well with the lofty expectations put upon them by pundits like me. Right now, they look like a typical front-running team that lacks mental toughness and gives in at the first sign of trouble. That was evident Saturday, when the Cavaliers sprinted to a 26-8 lead in the first eight minutes – and were overwhelmed thereafter
It all starts with LeBron James in Cleveland, and when the Chosen One comes out and says he is playing for a “fragile” team, panic buttons start to be pressed. We’ll see what kind of buttons coach David Blatt pushes Monday night against Orlando after saying he expects to tinker with his starting lineup, but this comes down to a bigger question: Why is LeBron James playing in November mode this November? It was understandable the last couple of seasons in
Thanksgiving isn’t for another week or so, but NBA teams are jumping the gun when it comes to the best part about the holiday: the feast. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons are two teams that hosted events featuring players and members of the organization. The food is great to have, but most would agree that being around family and friends celebrating Turkey Day is the best part. It’s important for those who don’t have the luxury of having a hot
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally earned a huge victory on Saturday night over the Atlanta Hawks, who came in hot on a four-game winning streak. It was the first time this season the Cavs seemed to steamroll an opponent, which many say will be the first of many. In the 127-94 win, Cleveland set franchise records, including an NBA record. They were on fire from three-point range. And when I say fire, I mean it.
When LeBron James made it official that he was returning to Cleveland, there was never a second thought about an issue that is clichéd, but certainly can be prickly. Whose team is it? When your team includes the best player in the world, that would seem to be a no-brainer. But when your team also has a player who has led it for three consecutive years in scoring – including a rookie season when he was 19 years old – and arrived as
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are used to contending for championships, but through five games the team is tied with the Philadelphia 76ers (0-6) for the fewest wins in the league — zero. Bryant’s disdain for losing and the struggles of the Lakers prompted an interesting question: Would the Lakers and Knicks benefit from a trade involving Bryant? New York has Phil Jackson, the Triangle offense and cap space to absorb Bryant’s contract and the Lakers aren’t going to contend
We knew there would be some bumps and bruises along the way, but going 1-3 in their first four games is not what anyone envisioned when the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired LeBron James and Kevin Love in the offseason. Unfortunately for them, that’s exactly where they are after losing to the Utah Jazz 102-100 on Wednesday thanks to a game-winning buzzer-beater from Gordon Hayward. The offense for the Cavaliers is very much in the infant stages, and David Blatt has yet to
Much like the first time LeBron James formed a trio in Miami, the new Big 3 in Cleveland are struggling in the early going. Expected to be one of the top two teams in the East, the Cavs have struggled out of the gates, losing to the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and barely edging out a win against a shorthanded Chicago Bulls team in overtime. The defense has been suspect, but the bigger surprise is their lack of continuity on