The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently having some chemistry issues. The team has lost 3 out of their last 4 games following a 113-99 trouncing by the Washington Wizards on Sunday, February 28.
J.R. Smith says the Cavaliers have to get it together
After the game guard J.R. Smith said his level of concern is “extremely high” regarding his team.
“We can’t play basketball like this going down the stretch,” Smith said via ESPN. “There’s 24, 25 games left in the year and you talk about contending, being a championship contender, and get blown out by a team. … After losing a game to the No. 2 team in the East, then you come out and get thrashed and make it look good at the end. We can’t do that. If we’re serious about who we’re supposed to be, then we can’t do this.”
The Cavs still lead the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 41-17, but theToronto Raptors are on their heels at 39-19.
The team will make the playoffs regardless, but they would like the home court advantage a 1st place finish in the East would give them.
Kyrie Irving is reportedly not happy in Cleveland
The biggest problem for Cleveland seams to be that their star point guard Kyrie Irving is reportedly unhappy with the team and wants out.
“Dating back to last year, I’ve been told that Kyrie Irving ain’t too happy being in Cleveland,” Stephen A. Smith said Monday on ESPN’s First Take. “The situation is not ideal for him. I don’t know the particulars, I have not spoken to him personally. It’s something that I’ve been hearing for months; that under ideal circumstances he would prefer to be someplace other than Cleveland. Now when you combine that with the kind of personality that LeBron James has … I just don’t think that the situation is as ideal and tranquil as LeBron James expected it would be when he went back to Cleveland.”
If you follow sports closely you know that an unhappy star player can turn into a cancer for a team’s locker room. That’s not to say that Irving is not a team player and can’t be an integral part of a championship team … it just might not happen in Cleveland.
Irving, 23, is averaging 18.9 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game this season.
The team fired head coach David Blatt in January and replaced him with Tyronn Lue. The trade deadline has already passed.
There is nothing Cleveland can do at this point to improve their situation other than putting whatever baggage there is behind them and agree to play as a cohesive unit for the rest of the season, if they want a shot at a ring.