The Cleveland Cavaliers had big aspirations for the 2013-14 season, but right as the door to 2014 is about to be opened we’re still wondering why this talented team is struggling. Plenty of top players have been drafted and signed via free agency in recent years, but they still struggle to win games. They often play hard in certain quarters and look like they will win only to fall apart as they have done recently to the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors.
The Andrew Bynum saga has had a harmful influence. There were rumors the Cavaliers were disappointed with his on-the-court performances, or lack of, but recently it was revealed he was a bad influence in the locker room too. He was suspended for his actions and will almost certainly traded or released within days. The Cavaliers aren’t messing around; they want success, and they won’t let anybody get in their way on the road to finding it.
The Cavaliers suffered a 103-100 loss away to the Celtics only to come to back Cleveland and dominate the Warriors for large durations of their game, but they lost to them too. The Warriors won 108-104 in overtime in a tough game for the Cavaliers’ organization. If they lose by over twenty points they’re criticized, but if they lose a close game the reaction is much the same. The simple factor is they need to win more games, and the pressure from losing the occasional game will not be as bad.
With Bynum set to leave, it looks like the Cavaliers could have a brighter 2014. But then again the NBA has been tipping the Cavaliers to improve for so long; can they finally come through and prove they’re a decent team?