Do Cleveland Cavaliers Need More Time or Just More Help?

November 18th, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Superstar trio forms to equal parts fear and fanfare (depending on whom you ask), and expectations reach a fevered pitch, only to have said troika stumble somewhat clumsily out of the gate.

Oh, and then everyone loses his or her mind. Can’t forget that.

The narrative arc of this year’s Cleveland Cavaliers has mimicked that of the 2010-11 Miami Heat so faithfully you’d think Michael Bay was writing the scripts.

And so it is that we find ourselves revisiting a familiar trope: Do these Cavs need more talent or simply more time in order to thrive?

Looking at the roster, the former might sound like a ludicrous proposition. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters—Cleveland fairly reeks of freakish talent and time-tested mettles.

To be sure, there’s plenty of cachet to Cleveland’s credit, exemplified by its second-ranked offensive efficiency (108.3). On this front, the Cavs have slowly but surely began creeping toward their Platonic ideal. Which, if ...

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