Friday night, the Cavaliers pulled off a much-needed win over Charlotte. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but the team needed a road win badly after an embarrassing performance in Denver earlier this week.
The question is, do the Cavs have reason for concern? It’s easy to simply say, “It’s the regular season. Nothing really matters.” And that’s true. But if a team can’t win regular-season games, should you expect it to win in the playoffs?
It’s equally as simple to say, “The Cavs haven’t been healthy.” And they haven’t. But the roster is slowly returning to full strength. Barring further setbacks, the Cavs will have all their keys players ready for round 1. Now, though, they need practice time. Time to learn how to play with one another.
Another ting they need to learn how to do: DEFEND. Right now, they rank a pathetic 22nd in defensive efficiency. In playoff games, which can get clogged up and turn into strategic, grind-it-out contests, defense is the key to success.
LeBron James is arguably the best defender in the league. At least, he is when he wants to be. He can cover all five positions and can create offense from his defense. He Just hasn’t been this year.
The Cavs have the talent they need. They have a healthy roster. They still need a healthy mindset.
So is it time to worry? It’s hard to say. A little concern now might prevent full-blown panic when it’s too late to solve any problems.