This whole LeBron not playing deal was scary at first. A sad realization that for a brief period of this “glory season” (that hasn’t even been glorious) we wouldn’t be able to watch the great King James try to lead us to victory every night.

Two weeks has never felt like a longer period of time. It was assumed that the Cavaliers could muster up some wins without LeBron, but they’ve fallen flat almost every game since he was sidelined.

This year, there’s no arguing that LeBron hasn’t looked quite like the greatest player on the planet we’ve all tried to become re-acustomed to. But his presence on the floor is apparently “necessary” for us to win, even against the worst of the worst.

This is bullshit. Flat. Out. Bullshit.

We have Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, (had Dion Waiters) and we can’t salvage anything. Losses to Atlanta, Milwaukee, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston and Golden State. A lone win coming in against the Hornets in Charlotte. Even so, that wasn’t anything above mediocre basketball.

This Cavs team is loaded with talent. After the trades, JR Smith’s scoring and Timofey Mozgov’s play in the middle make us that much better. It doesn’t take a genius to realize we’ll be a great team when Iman Shumpert and LeBron James return. That being said, it was thought that we weren’t half-bad without them. Guess not…

Sadly, this team is just waiting for LeBron to come back to win. It’s frustrating and disappointing that these talented guys can’t pull their weight a little more to at least go .500 when he’s out. It’s like they’re just going through the motions, playing just because they have to and not because they want to win a championship come June.

We lost to the 76ers.

For these last two games before LeBron returns, assuming that he does play against the Lakers next Thursday, let’s actually see some great basketball that results in two wins. This team has so many weapons and has the ability to succeed.

It’s time to make it happen. Time to gain that intensity. Find that edge. Go out there and do it.

-Zach Shafron

 

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