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Trouble in Cleveland?

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 15: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors on January 15, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a 4 game losing streak and have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games. Needless to say, the Cavaliers are in the middle of a serious slump. They lost by over 20 points in back to back games to the Timberwolves and the Raptors. Then, the next game, they blew a 22 point lead to the Indiana Pacers. Last night in their most recent game, they lost by 10 points to their rival, the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs looked like they had things figured out back in December when they had a 13 game win streak going, which was snapped by the Indiana Pacers. Their team has been inconsistent as of late and look atrocious on the defensive end. Their transition defense is almost nonexistent as they have been giving up easy baskets on fast breaks. They are currently ranked 29th in the league in defensive rating. If the Cavs want to make it to the Finals, they need to start by fixing their defensive issues.

The Cavs usually have their troubles in the regular season so it’s no surprise that it’s happening again this year. They’re trying to fit Isaiah Thomas in while also trying to fix their offensive and defensive problems. Many of the players believe that they won’t be able to “flip the switch” like they have in the past. They may be right. The problems they are having right now need to be fixed. Some of it will resolve itself when Isaiah Thomas gets back to full strength and he is able to be the guy that he was in Boston. Some of it will just take time to get figured out by the players and coaching staff.

The Cavaliers also need to decide if they are going to make a serious trade move before the deadline. With the trade deadline right around the corner, the Cavs could possibly make a blockbuster move to get DeAndre Jordan or Demarcus Cousins. The problem with trading the pick is that if Lebron leaves this summer, they have nothing to fall back on. It seems as though the Cavs aren’t interested in trading the pick, which makes sense with Lebron’s free agency coming up and the uncertainty that he has provoked. The flip side is that the Cavs most likely won’t win a championship with their current roster. They’re the oldest team in the league and it shows on the court. I believe that the Cavs will get their issues figured out before the playoffs but, even that won’t be enough to beat Golden State if they make it to the Finals. If they want to have a shot at winning a championship this year, they are going to have to make a trade. The Cavs have a serious decision to make before this deadline.

 

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