The Cleveland Cavaliers have been very impressive. However, despite their 20-15 record during an injury and pandemic riddled first half of the season, some Cleveland fans have continually questioned the validity of this young team.
Let’s take a look for a moment.
The Cavs’ most notable wins this season came against the Miami Heat on 12/1 and again on 12/13. Then followed by a win at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on 12/18.
Many argue that the young Cavs would be more impressed if they recorded wins in their games with the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns or the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, not many teams in the league have wins against the Warriors or Suns. Everyone has had a field day against the Lakers this year, but I believe Cleveland is one of the only regular-season teams that will get the best LeBron James and the Lakers have to give.
With all the Cavs’ have experienced this season, they are still sitting at 5th in the eastern conference standings. In addition, this team has shown remarkable resilience in the face of much adversity. So don’t count the Cavs out.
What is the Cavs’ next move?
According to Woj, a Senior NBA insider, the Cavs worked on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire veteran guard Rajon Rondo. He is someone the Cavs need badly in the absence of their top three-point guards, Collin Sexton (left meniscus tear), Ricky Rubio (left torn ACL) and Darius Garland (Covid health and safety protocols).
Rondo was a two-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and Los Angeles Lakers in 2020. He is also a four-time All-Star. In addition, he has a reputation around the league as an excellent mentor to young players. Rondo is an extension of the coach on the court because of his high basketball IQ.
With the Cavs front office making this deal, it shows us they are not giving up on this team or this season’s success. It is a message to Cavs fans that says, “Don’t count the Cavs out!”
Do you still believe in this Cavs team? Is acquiring Rajon Rondo the right move? Tell us what you think.
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