Concern In Cleveland
The town of Cleveland is not new to the scene of disappointment when it comes to their sports teams. The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948. They got to the World Series twice in a three year span, 1995 and 1997, but came up empty handed. The Browns have been the laughing stock of the NFL for as long as almost anyone can remember. They even completely left the city in 1996.
Then there is the Cavaliers, who have been the one with the best shot at bringing a championship back to Cleveland. LeBron was their golden ticket when they drafted him. They lost in one finals appearance before James “betrayed” the town. He went on to win the city of Miami two championships in four tries.
All seemed forgiven when he came home. Last year saw the Cavaliers season end in disappointment with injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. LeBron was not able to lift his squad over the Warriors.
2016 brought renewed hope as the Cavaliers got the highly anticipated rematch. They came into the NBA Finals with a healthy roster and even being picked as a favorite to win by some.
Then the series started…
The Cavaliers have sputtered to a 2-0 deficit. They have done things well, and have lacked in other departments.
As far as positives go, they have limited the Splash Brothers to a total of 55 points through the first two games. They have been able to force the Warriors into 29 turnovers as well.
Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they have not been able to contain the Warriors bench nearly as well. Shaun Livingston posted a career-high playoff performance in Game 1. The Warriors bench has outscored Cleveland’s 94-40 through two games. This has to have Cleveland wondering if they even stand a chance.
The depth that Golden State brings is unmatched in terms of the rest of the NBA, and the pieces are almost perfectly interchangeable. The pace the Warriors play at also makes the Cavaliers play a game they are not used to. They have been in control of many of their games this year, so being in the passenger seat is putting them in an uncomfortable situation.
One thing is for sure, having the next two games at home will provide at least some comfort to this squad as they try to keep their head above water in this series.
| Malachi David covers the NBA for MyFantasySportsTalk.com |