With the All-Star Break in New Orleans upon us, the Cleveland Cavaliers sit atop the Eastern Conference the way they have all season. At 39-16 with a three-game lead over the Boston Celtics for the top spot, the Cavs have just 27 games left. The Cavs have many participants in this year’s All-Star festivities and will look to make even more of a splash than they usually do.
Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and Kevin Love are all part of it. Of course, pertaining to my last article, Love will not be participating in anything due to his knee injury. But the other two have done some serious damage during these weekends before.
The fun stuff begins after the All-Star break as the trade deadline is on February 23 at 3:00pm. After that, just 27 games separate the NBA from the real season— THE POSTSEASON.
The Next 27.
Every game is important but these games are the most important games of the year. These games set the tone and attitude for the rest of the season. The games that follow the All-Star break can make or break a team. The Cavs will definitely need to win about 20 of these games in order to keep its distance from the rest of the field. I say that because that would put them at 59 wins which would be more likely to happen because they are just fine without Kevin Love. No, that doesn’t mean the Cavs should trade him. Stop that nonsense.
There are many important games on the schedule. They go to Boston on March 1, Houston on March 12, and San Antonio on March 27. At home, the Cavs play Washington on March 25 and Toronto for its last game on April 12. All those games can be statement games and will be very important for the playoff success.
Wading Through the Toughness
The biggest problem the Cavs will ever have is themselves. As good as teams like the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs are, the Cavs no longer fear those teams. They’ve been beaten before by Cleveland. With each and every game, the competition gets higher and tougher. Every team they play is playing as if there are no more games left. Any team from the Philadelphia 76ers to the San Antonio Spurs are looking to beat the Cavs because the Cavs have a target on their back. With that target on their back, the Cavs will need to play at an even higher level than they already do.
Why does Any of This Matter?
To most people, none of this matters at all, but if you’re a Cavs fan you understand that making statements are super important. Wins and losses are just part of the game and the Cavs aren’t going to win every time. The NBA is a brutal place especially when a team has a target on its back.
The Cavs are used to being watched and don’t mind such problems. Now the issues or problems fall onto the players like Channing Frye, Derrick Williams, and Kyle Korver. Bench scoring will have to be bigger than it has ever been in the past. These injuries might be a good thing as it requires the bench to score more. There is always room for improvement and that’s what the Cavs must do. Both on the court and off it. Ownership has given General Manager David Griffin to spend at his will. Whatever any of this means for the Cavs, just know it’s all about that championship ring at the end of the year.