I’m a fan of LeBron James. Since he stood up for Trayvon Martin and the other youths and the powerless who have lost their lives to senseless violence, I have a better appreciation of him as a role model and one of the complete superstars of our generation. That said though, It doesn’t absolve me from being a bit critical.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are still one of, if not the, team(s) to beat this season in the NBA but today I saw them downed by the lowly Pistons. That’s nothing major since the NBA season is pretty long (at 82 games) and physically demanding. On any given night any team could be had if they are caught during a stretch of games or a string of road games. However, the Cavaliers really just didn’t put forth much effort in their loss to the Pistons. It struck me as odd as I was watching the game because they seemed to lack an edge for a majority of the game. At one stretch Dellavadova, Marion, Miller and Waiters all missed shots from the same spot. It looked like a bunch of guys playing Rec-ball at the local YCMA. It was just bad. My previous post alluded to the missing impact of Kevin Love so far this season. The trend continued again in this game. He started out making plays but somewhere in that 3rd quarter they just couldn’t seem to get him going or get in his spots. Instead, we got to watch a lot of horribly missed corner jumpers from 20+ feet away. On the other end Brandon Jennings (a guy who’s been flirting with being trade bait recently with his terrible shot selection), perhaps sensing the lackadaisical effort the Cavaliers were putting forward, went on a tear with his shot after shot hitting its mark
I hope they find a way to turn things around. The east isn’t going to be as much fun if the Cavs are unable to turn the corner. Imagine Chicago against a lower seed in the playoffs. Yuck.