This week may not be much fun for Cleveland Cavaliers fans.
The Cavaliers play a very tough schedule over the next few days, and they will do so without All-Star Kyrie Irving.
So the bad news is, well, this likely is going to lead to several more losses and some depressing games for Cleveland fans.
The good news, though, is that the sports world will be captivated with March Madness as the NCAA tournament gets rolling, so most people won’t notice the Cavaliers’ losses.
This week, the Cavaliers welcome the Indiana Pacers to Quicken Loans Arena on Monday, and then the Miami Heat on Wednesday. On Friday, the Cavaliers travel back to Texas to take on the Houston Rockets.
The Pacers are strong inside and they are a deep team. They are a bad match-up for the young Cavaliers, and likely will be playing hard as they try to position themselves for the playoffs. The Pacers frontcourt of David West and Roy Hibbert will be a good test for the Cavaliers frontcourt of Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Marreese Speights. This should be a good learning experience, but I don’t see the Cavaliers passing this test or winning this game.
The Heat, meanwhile, are on a record-setting winning streak, and this will also be a very tough game for the Cavaliers. If Irving were playing, I’d say the Cavaliers would have a good chance of upsetting the Heat. Without Irving, though, it will take big games from Dion Waiters and Shaun Livingston, along with the Heat overlooking the Wine and Gold and playing poorly, just for the Cavaliers to have a chance at winning.
It would be great to see the Cavaliers stop the win streak, and the Cavaliers have played well against the Heat this season, but it’s more likely that the Cavaliers will lose by 15.
And when the Cavaliers travel to take on the Rockets on Friday, this game will be another likely loss. It will be tough for the Cavaliers to keep up with the offense of the Rockets, especially when they are at home and have a lot to play for with the playoffs not to far away. Waiters is going to have to score a lot in this game, and someone else like Wayne Ellington or C.J. Miles is also going to have to be feeling it and scoring a lot in order for the Cavaliers to have a chance.
After this week, the schedule will ease up a bit for the Cavaliers, and they will have several games coming up that they will have a good chance of winning.
This week, though, Cavaliers fans just have to hope that the young Cleveland players are learning from the experiences and improving for the future. And if that doesn’t work, well, then the fans can watch the NCAA tournament games instead.