The 2017-18 NBA season has been very unpredictable so far. If I was told that Dwayne Wade and LeBron James wouldn’t finish the season together I would have told you that you were crazy. There were a lot of player transactions during the NBA off-season due to the Golden State Warriors. Golden State has been dominating the NBA during the last couple years and players are started to team up against them.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a lot of player movement during the off-season after a poor performance in the NBA finals last year. Kyrie Irving was reportedly not interested in playing with LeBron James anymore and wanted to play on his own so he could have the opportunity to lead his own team. Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and next year’s first round pick (Brooklyn Nets top 10 pick). Isaiah Thomas averaged almost 30 points a game but is coming off an injury that he suffered during the playoffs last year. They also added former MVP Derrick Rose and LeBron’s old teammate Dwayne Wade.
The season didn’t start of well for the Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas was still sidelined from the injury he suffered in the playoffs. The team dealt with injuries and chemistry issues at the beginning of the season. The Cavaliers thought their problems would be fixed over time with more games played and once Thomas came back into the lineup.
A week before the trade deadline the Cleveland Cavaliers were still not playing playoff basketball and that started to be a cause for concern. Isaiah was back in the lineup but wasn’t playing like he did last year and wasn’t fitting well with his new team. The Cavaliers had no defense all year and it got worst once Isaiah Thomas came back. They were listed as the oldest team in the NBA and was playing like it. The front office knew that they had to make moves to be able to complete in the playoff this year. The day before the trade deadline the Cavaliers made some block-buster trades. They traded Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas. They traded all their aging players and got younger players that are willing to try hard every single play. They acquired; George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood. The Cleveland Cavaliers got long and athletic players that played defense.
The Cavaliers have won 4 straight games and it looks like LeBron is finally having fun again. All the players they acquired has been playing great. George Hill is their new starting point guard; Clarkson, Hood and Nance Jr. are bringing the energy and scoring off the bench. Kevin Love is still out with a broken finger and is expected to return in about a month. With his upcoming return, the Cavaliers will look to be a threat again to win the NBA finals this year.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are (4-6) in their last 10 games and has not won back-to-back games in almost two months. The Cavaliers have not been playing their best basketball in the last month. Due to many injuries; JR Smith (back from injury now) and Kevin Love have been sidelined for most of the season. Smith has been out since the beginning of the season and Love has been out for a little more than one month now but is expected to be ready for the playoffs. Cleveland has been shuffling their roster all season; looking for a back up big man and a back up point guard. They added veteran point guard Deron Williams and veteran big man Andrew Bogut whom got injured his first two minutes in a Cavalier uniform. Bogut was later waived by Cleveland.
The media and many experts are starting count out the Cavaliers and are talking about the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics. The Wizards are two games behind Cleveland for the 1st seed in the East. The Celtics are only one game back from the Wizards and they are in the 3rd seed in the East.
This reminds of back in the day when Kobe Bryant and the Lakers would go on losing streaks right before the playoff starts and some experts will start doubting the Lakers to reach the NBA finals. The Lakers turn the switch on during the playoffs and beat every team to reach the finals and win it. This happen multiply times in the Kobe era. Some players or teams just don’t give that much effort during the end of the season but they would switch up the intensity during the playoffs.
Realistically, the Cleveland Cavaliers will reach the NBA finals again this year. People are starting to give the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics hope that they can beat LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a playoff series. Yes, Celtics and the Wizards are both a game or two behind the Cavaliers but thats only because of the effort of the Cavaliers during the last stretch of the season. Some veteran players don’t try as hard during the end of the season like they would during the playoffs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers know they are going to the playoffs. They don’t care who the play or what seed they are. They will beat any team that they have to play during the playoffs, home or away.
Teams such as; Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards will all be competing against each other because those match up will be close playoff serious. The Cleveland Cavaliers will sweep each one of these teams in the playoffs this year. Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards might get lucky and win one playoff game against the Cavaliers but most likely not. I’ll see you in the NBA finals.
It’s finally about that time of the year. The NBA Playoffs. If you are a basketball fan we know how long and dreadful the season was.
There are many basketball fans all around the world. Die heart fans will follow basketball all year round including the offseason transactions. The 2015 basketball season was suppose to one of the most anticipated season in very long. LeBron James left the Miami Heat and returned back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that originally drafted him first overall back in the 2003 draft. After Miami Heat’s terrible performance in the NBA finals against defending champs San Antonio Spurs last season, LeBron James knew it was time for a change. Going back to Cleveland met that he and a young All Star point guard named Kyrie Irving would be teammates. LeBron James is the best player in the world. Him going back to Cleveland changed the landscape in the NBA.
Carmelo Anthony decided to stay with the New York Knicks, which he has yet to prove that it was a good decision. He missed the rest of the season after the 2015 All Star game. The New York Knicks had no hope at making a NBA finals run if even he did play the whole season. Let’s not forget about Kobe Bryant and how his season ended short again due to injuries. Ending the Los Angeles Lakers hopes at a championship this season.
After all the offseason moves happened, the teams that were favored to go to the 2015 NBA Finals were the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Western Conference and the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Eastern Conference. The season did not start very well for both teams as they dealt with a lot of injuries. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were about to get into form mid way through the season and finished with the 2nd best record in the East. While the Oklahoma City Thunder season didn’t start well, it also did not finish well.
All season long Oklahoma City Thunder star, Kevin Durant was battling a nagging foot injury that he happened during practice at the beginning of the season. While the other Thunder star, Russell Westbrook was able to keep the team fighting till the very last game of the season. The final spot in the Western Conference standing was going to be between the Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans (the surprising team of the season). They both won their final game of the season but the Pelicans owned the tiebreaker over the Thunder so they claimed the final 8th spot in the West.
Regardless, it’s going to be a great NBA Playoff season. Go Cleveland Cavaliers!!