If the NBA playoffs started today, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be watching this year’s postseason from the couch. Despite having one of the league’s most electric players in Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers just can’t seem to get much going under new head coach Mike Brown. On Thursday, the Cavaliers were upended by the Atlanta Hawks as the 40 points and nine assists that Irving poured in were all for nothing once again.
This is a trend that most Cavs fans have seen before. Perhaps you remember a former Cleveland icon by the name of LeBron James? Even though James routinely had the Cavaliers in the playoffs, the Akron native was almost always on his own with Anderson Varejao serving as Cleveland’s second-best player. Fast forward a few seasons and the same is true for the 2013 Cavs.
While many NBA fans have clamored over the maturity that shooting guard Dion Waiters has shown in his second year, Cleveland isn’t fooling anyone with the spare parts it has used to surround Irving. Keep in mind that the All-Star point guard is a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, which means Irving could be on his way out of Cleveland.
Thankfully, the Cavaliers have some time. However, if Cavs general manager Chris Grant doesn’t bring some talent to Cleveland then Irving might just book for the bright lights of another NBA city sooner rather than later.