No 2018 NBA Finals for the Cavaliers?
The NBA has settled down a little bit, since the free agency boom, and draft. The last big controversy in the NBA was (and still is) Kyrie Irving wanting a trade. Now, lets talk about the Cavaliers, and are they going to be able to get another trip to the 2018 Finals?
ESPN recently had a panel of 44 experts vote on who they think will get first, second, and third in the NBA this upcoming season. Of course, all of the experts voted for the Golden State Warriors to win the Title. However, the Cavaliers came in second. According to ESPN, they are forecasting the Cavaliers to come in second, and be the runner-up in the NBA Finals. Personally, I do not see the Cavaliers making it to the NBA Finals this next year, and here is why.
Kyrie Irving Situation
The biggest turning point for the Cavaliers is the whole Kyrie Irving situation. Kyrie Irving wants to leave, so depending on what the Cavaliers do, it could change their entire situation. However, this is a difficult situation for the Cavaliers. It will be very hard for the Cavaliers to come out on top. For one, Irving is really good, and plays an important role of the team, and his departure will leave a gapping hole. Two, other teams are going to pay low for Irving, mainly because the Cavaliers are desperate to get a trade, so other teams will take advantage at any chance they can.
Competition has Increased
The Cavaliers are basically the same team as last year, minus the potentially trade of Kyrie Irving. Other teams have started making moves, the Rockets have improved, and so has the Thunder, and Timberwolves. Although, those are not in the same conference. The biggest competition is the Celtics, because they added Gordon Hayward. The Celtics were the number 1 seed in the eastern Conference last year, and were close to beating the Cavaliers last year. This added talent to the Celtics could easily put them atop the Cavaliers, who are merely the same.
The Cavaliers were not great last year, they were not even that dominate. They did not have the best record, the Celtics gave the Cavaliers a run for their money last year. The Cavaliers showed weaknesses in their gameplay. This year, it looks like the Cavaliers will not be improving, if anything, they are getting worse. This is also not a good time, since other teams (especially the Celtics) are improving.
So the Cavaliers, at least to me, are not my favorites to win the Eastern Conference in 2018. But what do you think, Sports Reaction Nation! Do you believe the Cavaliers will go to the Finals again, or not? And remember, be the best sports fan you can possibly be.
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