The past few weeks have been a challenging stretch for the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31), who closed the regular season going 10-14 since March 1 with a 98-83 loss on Wednesday night to the Toronto Raptors (51-31).
Certainly, the critics have already began to count the Cavs out after going into the postseason with a four game losing streak. That means absolutely nothing for the Cavs!!!
Although, the Cavs head into the postseason as the No. 2 seed to face the No. 7 seed Indiana Pacers and look very vulnerable, that’s truly not the case. After all, the Cavs put more value on rest and sat James, Irving and Love, who will be fresh for Saturday’s Game 1 of the 2017 playoffs.
Head coach Tyronn Lue said he is very optimistic about the Cavs’ ability to bounce back and hop back into mode.
“We had some key injuries this year that set us back, but for the most part, it’s pretty much the same,” Lue said. “I think the East has gotten better. Toronto has gotten better. Boston has gotten better. Indiana is playing good basketball. The Bulls finally figured out what they’re going to do, who they’re going to be. Same thing with Milwaukee. So, teams have gotten better, and that’s just the biggest difference to me. It’s going to be a bigger challenge for us this year.”
After all, no team is perfect. It is possible to lose consecutive games and start with a clean slate. Right now, every team is equal right. However, the hungrier team out of 16 will prevail!!!
We must remember their extreme capability to bounce back as they did last year against the Golden State Warriors after being down 3-1 to win an NBA championship. Obviously, the Cavs are not that concerned about defending the land, but will embrace the process one game at a time. Together.