As the 2016-17 NBA Regular Season approaches its final stage, every team is gunning for the best. One team that has been struggling uncharacteristically is Cleveland Cavaliers. The battle for the first seed in the east has become a three-way fight between the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, all going all in for that first seed. Even the Toronto Raptors can’t be ruled out as they are just 2.5 games behind third seeded Washington Wizards. The Cleveland Cavaliers might very well lose the first seed because they are having all sorts of issues lately.
LeBron James is having one of his best regular seasons ever averaging 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists. Kyrie Irving is also putting up amazing numbers as he’s averaging 25.2 points and 5.9 assists a game. Both of these players are shooting really well from long range this season. The additions of Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Derrick Williams have boosted bench production tremendously. Despite all this, the Cavs have lost six of their last ten games. So what exactly is not working for them right now?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are having an awful season defensively. Their defense is ranked 22nd in the league which is allowing opponents to score very easily. They are also a very undersized team so their opponents occasionally overpower them on the boards. They have also been missing Kevin Love both at the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. they are hoping that he will return soon. J.R. smith has recently returned from an injury and is struggling to find his rhythm. Andrew Bogut who went down to an injury just 58 seconds into his first game as a Cavaliers could have improved the Cavs defense considerably. He has now been replaced by Larry Sanders, a very good defensive player.
The Cavaliers have missed key players due to injuries throughout the season. They have also added quite a lot of decent role players but they still need some time to fit in with the system. They might be struggling right now but this should be no sign of their weakness especially at this point of the regular season with the playoffs just around the corner.