The city of Cleveland has become known for being cursed in terms of sports, and ever since LeBron James took his talents to south beach, the Cleveland Cavaliers have had little success in rebuilding what was once the safe haven for sports in the city that is all too familiar with the agony of defeat.
Cleveland has faced many trials and tribulations as the Cavaliers continue to try to get back to where the team once was. There have been injuries to star players and signings that just haven’t worked out. However, even through the storm the Cavs may have found a silver lining — they might make the playoffs. Since LeBron left in the summer of 2010, the Cavs have not returned to the playoffs; they will look to atone for past failures this season with a trip to the postseason.
The Cavaliers kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers Sunday by a score of 90-76. Veteran guard Jarrett Jack filled the void of Kyrie Irving scoring 11 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and recording 9 assists. Tristan Thompson commanded the low post against a formidable foe, recording a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Cleveland now sits in tenth place in the East, but remains only 2.5 games out of the last playoff spot. With only seven games left in the regular season, the Cavaliers’ schedule works in their favor as Cleveland faces four teams lower than them in the standings in the remaining games. Can Cleveland overcome everything it has been through the past season and actually make the playoffs?
If Cleveland wins out or goes 6-1 down the stretch, the Cavaliers should lock up the final playoff spot in the East as other teams face a tougher schedule in the final weeks.
Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.