Last year, the Cavaliers pulled off the most incredible comeback in NBA history, coming back from a 3-1 lead to win the NBA title. They pulled off a miracle, LeBron was at the peak of his powers, doing everything for Cleveland. Kyrie Irving was an offensive machine, dropping 41 in game 5 of the finals. The entire team slowed the pace down and won.
This year, it seemed as though they were not going to repeat as the Warriors were able to add 2014 MVP Kevin Durant, to a team that won 73 games and was 1 win away from winning it all. However, with Durant’s injury, the Cavs window has opened again. So here are the three reasons that the Cavs will repeat in 2017 (minus the injury of Kevin Durant).
3. Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut
Yes, Deron Williams missed the game winner in his Cavs debut against the Celtics but, he is still a god point guard to have off the bench. On the season, he is averaging 13 points and 7 assists, this gives LeBron the playmaker that he needs. Williams is also a pass-first point guard, so he’ll be able to distribute the ball well, and it can give LeBron a break for 6 minutes in the second quarter. Williams is an excellent point guard off the bench.
Bogut, is a good big man, skilled passer, nice rebounder, and a good teammate. Frankly, he is exactly what the Celtics needed. A guy who can get 11 rebounds in a game and help move the ball. Cleveland stealing him will help them in the playoffs, more for making sure the Celtics won’t have him. He can also give you solid minutes off the bench. It will take some time to incorporate them however, they will get into the swing of the things in time. They are both smart and skilled players.
2. Lack of Challenge in the East
Honestly, there is no real threat to the Cavs. There have been teams that can beat them in the regular season but, come playoff time, they are hard to stop. LeBron, Kyrie, and the whole gang will be ready. The Celtics lack size and rebounding. They have guys to throw at LeBron but their lack of size will hurt in the playoffs.
The Raptors stood a slight chance with the acquisitions of Tucker and Ibaka but, Lowery is hurt till playoff time, so they won’t have time to gel. The only other team that stands a chance is the Wizards. Wall can check Irving, Porter and Oubre can check LeBron (sort of), Morris can check love (sort of). The rest of the teams in the east lack enough talent to beat Cleveland or if they have enough talent, they are two young (like the Bucks). The Cavs only real challenge will be in the conference finals, and even then, that won’t be ultra-difficult.
The Cavs core has been playing together for three years. They have made it to the finals for the past two, and won it last year. When that team is healthy, they can win it all. At this point, LeBron trust Kyrie and Love, they are comfy playing with each other. This team has fought wars together and as long as they get to the finals, there is no doubt that they can go back-to-back.