For the second time this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers look like a team that doesn’t belong with the league’s elite, as the memes about the Toronto Raptors ripping them to shreds are pouring in, without forgetting about LeBron James looking to leave.
Whether James is really going to play somewhere else next season or not doesn’t matter right. now. After finding rhythm, chemistry and ability, the Cavaliers have lost 6 of their last 8 including some brutal losses (lost by 34 to Toronto), letting the Boston Celtics and Raps open up a big gap in the East, which means that the Cavs might face a team with a better record as early as the conference semifinals. Playing two series on the road is a bit more difficult.
The scene in which James had some angry words mixed with head coach Tyronn Lue and then the huddle in which he seemed like he’s yelling at his teammates didn’t add anything positive to the perception of him and his team. The rumor mill is no longer preaching that LeBron is heading to Los Angeles – the Rockets and other teams are being thrown into the mix as well.
The Raptors look just as likely as the Celtics to challenge the Cavs’ dominance in the East, as they beat them senseless even without Ibaka and Lowry, as DeMar DeRozan continues to prove that even without being the most versatile star in the NBA, he’s one of the league’s most unstoppable weapons. At least when it’s against a defense as bad as the Cavaliers’.