Cleveland Cavaliers Are Ready to Lock in on Their Championship Chase

January 8th, 2016 by Greg Swartz Leave a reply »

CLEVELAND — Forget that the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference by two-and-a-half games. Forget that they're operating with a healthy roster for the first time all season. Forget that sparkling 15-1 record at Quicken Loans Arena.

Are the Cavs, ahem, actually holding back?

That is to say, have we seen the best that Cleveland has to offer already? Mixed in with a strong 24-9 start to the season has been, at times, a noticeable lack of effort. The rotation has been jumbled, and multiple teams out West have clearly been in a class of their own.

The reality is the Cavaliers have had no choice but to hold back, and they must figure out the following situations before they can truly flip the switch.


Stabilize Rotation Head coach David Blatt has already used 10 different starting lineups this season due to injury, and more could be on the way.

With Kyrie Irving back and Tristan Thompson promoted, the Cavs have filled in the rest of their opening five with J.R. Smith, LeBron James and Kevin Love. The only uncertainty moving forward appears to be Smith.

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