Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may struggle to jell offensively, and they may not have the personnel to construct an elite defense in any way. Neither of those issues stopped them from earning the NBA’s best title chances –mainly because a lengthy season will give new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And if he can not figure out everything, he’s still got the best player in the world on his group. That alone is enough to warrant Cleveland’s area here.
There’s reason to think the Cavs will hit the ground running on crime, and not merely as they have this absurdly gifted core. The truth is we have seen these guys can be during preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all attempted at least three triples per game during exhibition season, and all four joined on 41 percent of these shots. James, because he isn’t human, made just 50 percent.
You might think it impossible for all four of these players to sustain such a large collective percentage, but in an offense where double-teaming anybody –or even helping a smidgen too aggressively–contributes to wide-open chances for another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .let’s just say the capacity for offense is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, with all defenders’ hesitation to leave their assignments to dart to the lane whenever he wanted. Drive-and-kick chances were endless, and they will continue to be–unless the team makes it possible for opponents to utilize six players against Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Injuries, the slog of an 82-game year and various other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come close.
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