The Cleveland Cavaliers have faced their struggles this season, but they’re still hopeful of making a late playoff push. They’re hopeful that a Friday night encounter against the Charlotte Bobcats will get it all started. The Wine and Gold have traveled to Charlotte knowing they will be facing a team similar to themselves. The Bobcats have had some magical moments and some embarrassing ones as well.
The Cavaliers should start with a strong lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes, while the Bobcats will have their usual lineup, including superstar guard Kemba Walker. The Cavaliers will be hopeful of carrying on their defensive efforts from the two match-ups with Charlotte already this season in which they’ve held the Bobcats to under 90 points or less. When looking at their all-time head-to-head, the Cavaliers are 22-11, and it seems like they will need to make that 23 wins if they are to have any hope of making the playoffs.
They’re only a couple of games out, but they’re in need of a good run. That run has to start somewhere, and if they can’t get it together against the Bobcats then they’ll see their playoff hopes fade to near impossible.
With the Cavaliers looking at adding to their young core this offseason, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a much better team with a winning identity next season. Before that, though, the Cavaliers have a legitimate chance to reach their 2013-14 season goal of making the NBA playoffs.