OK, it’s time to worry about the Cavaliers. They lost 10 games in March, marking only the second time in LeBron James’ career that his team suffered a double-digit losing month. The Nets — the Nets! -- have won more games since March 1. Only the Lakers have a worse defensive efficiency since the All-Star break.
Or ... is it time to worry about the Cavaliers? LeBron’s teams always have a midseason hiccup and everything works out just fine in May and June. It’s natural to be bored after last year’s incredible championship run, isn’t it?
Among the topics discussed:
- How big a problem is that terrible defense? What can be done to fix it?
- This is just boredom, right? Can they flip the switch?
- Is it fair to note that the Cavaliers have dealt with injuries and a tough schedule, or are those excuses?
- How concerned is it that LeBron James has played so many minutes?
- What does this recent stretch say about Tyronn Lue’s coaching ability?
- OK, so let’s say there are real problems here. Who can actually beat them in the East?
- If the Cavaliers do snap back into place, does this mean that March regular-season basketball is irrelevant?
- Can we blame Cleveland’s problems on Kyrie Irving’s flat earth theory?