How to Improve the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Rotation

November 11th, 2015 by Greg Swartz Leave a reply »

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to an Eastern Conference-best 7-1 start to the season, flashing both Finals-worthy offense and defense.

This is somewhat surprising; although the Cavs were expected to be good, they've played shorthanded to this point.

Starting point guard and All-Star Kyrie Irving has yet to step on the court while recovering from knee surgery. Iman Shumpert, the team's best perimeter defender, is on the mend from wrist surgery and hasn't played a minute, either.

While free-agent pickup Mo Williams has performed beautifully as a spot starter until Irving's return, the entire backcourt will have to be reshuffled at some point. In the middle, coach David Blatt has to carefully monitor the workload on center Timofey Mozgov, who had knee surgery last summer. There's also the concern about getting enough time for Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, who the Cavs have more than $220 million invested in.

While Blatt's rotation has been pretty clean thus far, changes will inevitably come with the return of injured stars.




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