The struggling Cavaliers were taken down by Golden State for their eighth loss in ten games. What needs to change for the Cavs to right the ship?
Following another lopsided loss, this time to Golden State, the aging Cavaliers seem lost and need answers. Cleveland has lost four games by double digits in their last six. It is clear that something needs to change if they want to contend in the Eastern Conference, let alone get back to the Finals. Coach Nick and Dave Dufour dive into what is going on in Cleveland and how it can be fixed. However Golden State should be given a ton of credit for their performance on Friday as they were able to control the tempo.
The problem does not lie with the Cavs second unit, as Dwayne Wade has been able to pace the offense. The Cavaliers actually held a seven point lead at during a stretch with LeBron on the bench. However defense has never been Cleveland’s calling card and that has not changed with Kevin Love’s move to center. Furthermore, many are wondering: should Love be a bargaining chip in an attempt to acquire DeAndre Jordan?
Another discussion was, does LeBron have to guard Kevin Durant? Obviously doing so would limit KD’s efficiency but would leave Cleveland at a disadvantage by losing LBJ’s help defense. It was very clear that Jae Crowder was not the man for that job. In addition Tristan Thompson does not look quite himself this year but they may due to an injury.
Everything seems A-OK for the Warriors as they were able to rookie Jordan Bell some early minutes. Plus, Klay Thompson has shown the ability to guard the low-post.
Obviously Golden State is a four-headed monster and particularly a bad matchup for the Cavaliers but change is certainly needed. Tyronn Lue may want to experiment with some lineup changes and Cleveland’s front office should look elsewhere for defense.
LeBron James is the still the best player in the world, but that may not be enough to push the Cavaliers to the promise land.
Full details available on this week’s BBall Breakdown NBA Basketball Podcast.
2:00 Dwayne Wade and the Cavaliers second unit
5:00 Golden State’s Jordan Bell getting exposure to prime time
7:15 Curry too many threes? Or is it just good offense?
9:36 Isaiah Thomas rusty coming off injury
13:54 Cavs are a bad matchup for Cleveland
17:45 Deandre Jordan to the Cavs?
25:10 Fan Question: Higher upside- Lonzo Ball or Lowry Markkanen?
27:11 Fan Question: Love playing center helps or hurts Cavs
32:08 LeBron needs to guard KD
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