Despite the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been playing much better during February, the franchise is still out of the playoff picture.
While many believe the additions the team made near the deadline – such as Luol Deng and most recently Spencer Hawes – could make them push for a late seed in the Eastern Conference, but the reality is that they don’t have enough pieces to make a late run at a playoff spot. This trend was harshly confirmed in their Sunday loss against the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards won every single quarter and exploded in the fourth, although that could be easily accredited to the lackluster defense played by the Cavs. That’s one of the primary reasons why Cleveland will fail to make the playoffs once the regular season is over: They can’t guard anyone, and with Anderson Varejao out, they don’t have any defensive specialist capable of protecting the rim.
Things on the offensive end aren’t much better either. Despite having All-Star PG in Kyrie Irving managing the offense, the rest of the team struggles to contribute on a steady basis. Players like Deng, Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters have enough talent to do so, but they can’t string a run of positive games together. And the other pieces – such as Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson – still have to improve and refine their post game before being a consistent threat.
There’s no doubt that the Cavs have a talented roster and should certainly be better this year. Sadly for their fans, they won’t have enough time to turn things around this season as they will have to wait another year to see if they can return to the postseason.