The Cleveland Cavaliers are having an identity crisis in the month of January. They had a dismal record of 7-8 for the month.
They are struggling with injuries, which include Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. They are in talks to make a big trade before the deadline, and they are attempting to scoop-up some free agents too.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have expressed the need to get a big name via trade, or by signing notable free agents. This should help Cleveland continue their Eastern Conference dominance.
They defeated the young Minnesota Timberwolves last night, who were coming off of a two game win streak, with a 97-125 thrashing at the Q last night. February is off to a good start for Cleveland.
When the season started they were and currently still are favorites to win the East this year. Don’t tell that to the Boston Celtics or the Toronto Raptors.
They came back to defeat the Golden State Warriors in a thriller on Christmas Day 107-108, only to get demolished at Oracle Arena 91-126 on January 16th.
Some notable wins against the Western Conference include the Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Some notable losses this season include the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Grizzlies; they beat the Cavs the next day, to avenge their loss the previous day. The Cavaliers are still in first place in the East.
There were also talks to send the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs, but the Cavs, were not willing to send the likes of Love’s talent in return. There is still a possibility that a trade will happen.
Kyle Korver, the 3-point specialist, was traded from the Atlanta Hawks on January 7th. Until yesterday it seemed that the move was having its issues. The game against the Timberwolves was Korver’s best game since becoming a Cavalier.
Cleveland has been holding workouts with free agents Jordan Farmar, Kirk Hinrich, Mario Chalmers, and even Lance Stephenson.
Yes, that Lance Stephenson, the same Lance Stephenson that blew in James ear when Stephenson was with the Indiana Pacers, and took on then LeBron’s Miami Heat team in 2014.
After the injuries, the Cavs began to show signs of a team that is not fully prepared to make a return to the Finals, with a losing record in January. They haven’t had a losing in month this season, or well into last season either.
The struggles in the past month should be a teaching experience. Even the best teams can have losing months; even the best teams lose some of their stars, now it is up to the team to decide where it goes from here.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will no doubt be in the Eastern Conference Finals, but do they have enough to get through the West with the Warriors, or possibly a Spurs team, waiting for them in June.
With the Korver acquisition, the various free agent workouts, and the possible blockbuster trades, shows that LeBron James & Company are ready to bring another championship to Cleveland.