Can Upcoming 5-Game Home Stand Push Cleveland Cavaliers Into Playoff Contention?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have just returned home off of an outstanding road trip. Now they face a season defining five-game (one in progress at the time of writing) home stand that could shape their season for the better or the worse. If the Cavaliers were to continue their recent form off the back of the Luol Deng trade during these games, then there’s no reason to doubt their ability to play well on a consistent basis and sneak in to the 2014 NBA playoffs.
The Cavaliers had struggled to win consistently for the majority of the season, but suddenly they are winning games at ease, and they’ve still got a lot of weaknesses to improve within their young core. This suggests that they will have a better second half of the season which should ultimately push them into the playoffs.
It’s been a quick turnaround for a team that was in despair and thought they’d be facing another miserable season of losing, ending with a high draft pick, instead of a playoff place. Although both are still a reality, their current form suggests a playoff run is more likely. The Cavaliers can afford to relax and even if they go 2-3 in the next five, they will still take confidence moving into the remainder of the season.
Although they’re finally feeling happy and comfortable, the Cavaliers know a winning run at home could create the spark that defines their season. So all Cleveland can ask from them is to leave all of their energy on the court, while trying to compete for every loose ball, and ultimately win every possible game. If they do that the Cavaliers’ fans will continue to embrace them despite their stuttering start.