If there was a game that didn’t excite many fans of the NBA, it had to be the Orlando Magic facing the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night. The two teams came in with a combined record of 29-69, but it was a game that got my attention just to see what the Cavaliers are looking like these days. I was mildly impressed by a young Cleveland team taking home a 119-108 win over the Magic.
The young talent on the floor in Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters is going to cause other teams to have headaches sooner than later. There is too much talent on Cleveland for them to hang around the cellar for much longer. I know there were a lot of people who figured that Cleveland’s chances of ever winning a NBA title went out the window when LeBron James left town, but I suggest that you don’t sleep on this Cleveland team by the 2014-15 season.
If Irving and Walters get another year under their belt and with the shape of the other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers could find themselves back in the playoffs by that year. This is a Cleveland team worth watching, and while it might not be pretty this season or next year, their time is coming – and coming sooner than you may think.