If you didn’t believe sports in the city of Cleveland were cursed prior to the 2013-14 Cleveland Cavaliers season, I’m sure your opinion has been swayed a bit by now.
Before the season, the Cavaliers had aspirations of grabbing a decent seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs (this was before anyone knew how horrid the East would be), and now it appears the team would be best suited to “tank” for the rest of the season.
As a fan of the Cavaliers, I understand what the team and the fans have been through. First, there was “The Decision”, and then there were three horrible seasons following the departure of LeBron James. This season was supposed to be different. This season was supposed to have better results; we were supposed to see growth from the young nucleus this year.
Through 67 games, it’s pretty clear that growth hasn’t happened as quickly as everyone had hoped. At 26-41, the Cavs were still hoping to sneak into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed, but news that came out of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers should end any talk about the postseason.
The Cavs’ star point guard Kyrie Irving left the game against the Clippers with an injury to his left bicep. It was unclear at the time how bad the injury was, but it was reported that he would not return to the game. However, around 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning, rumors started to surface that the injury may end Irving’s season a bit earlier than expected.
If the Irving injury really does cause him to miss the rest of the season, the Cavs’ focus should change from competing for a playoff spot to competing for the highest draft pick possible. Even with Irving, the team making the postseason was an unlikely scenario. Without him, it’s basically impossible.
Only a team from Cleveland could have such a promising season turn into this. From the failed Andrew Bynum experiment to the constant midseason ‘Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland’ rumors to the injury, the 2013-14 season has been a miserable one for the Cavaliers.