Life seems to be very different for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017-2018 season despite not having Kyrie Irving anymore but they have supposedly the best player in the NBA in Lebron James.
Cleveland feels the effects of not having Kyrie Irving, but it goes way deeper than that. The Cavaliers are horrendous and slow on defense. They are giving up 112.2 PPG as a team this season which is one of the worst in the NBA. Cleveland has averaged 110.6 PPG as a team this season and it is actually one of the best in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have to score a lot of points because they are playing catch up most of the time. They are talented enough to score that many points anyways. Cleveland hasn’t even had Isaiah Thomas play in a game yet because of his injury. He will be back by January most likely. Thomas averaged 28.9 PPG last season with the Boston Celtics and once he comes back can the Cavaliers offense takes it gear to another level?
It could, but the production will probably be the same. The defense could actually continue to get worse once Thomas returns. He is a defensive liability and that is the last the thing Cleveland needs. The last thing also Cleveland needs is head coach Tyron Lue continuing to make poor decisions as a coach. I feel like at times he is just a puppet to Lebron James.
James’s leadership has been questionable at times so far in this season, but his numbers have not. Lebron is averaging 28.9 PPG 7.8 RPG and 8.6 APG so far this season. Kevin Love is averaging 18.3 PPG and 10.3 RPG.
Jeff Green has been a major surprise for the Cavaliers in the 2017-2018 thus far. He is averaging 10.5 PPG and 2.8 RPG. Kyle Korver is averaging 10.8 PPG off the bench. Derrick Rose has only played in seven games, but he is averaging 14.3 PPG 2.6 RPG and 1.7 APG.
Lebron’s buddy Dwyane Wade is averaging 9.8 PPG 4.1 RPG and 3.9 APG. Tristan Thompson (4.4 PPG 6.4 RPG) has been the biggest disappointment for the Cavaliers so far this season. It looks like he is disinterested and is also out for a month with a calf injury.
The Cavaliers have an 9-7 record so far this season and they are currently in seventh place in the east. Teams like the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Philadelphia 76ers have gotten a lot better. Cleveland can’t take the east for granted this season and it is not automatic they will meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Cleveland has a long way to go and they need to make better habits.