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Cleveland Cavaliers and Their Lackluster Defense

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Hey guys, it ‘s Hamza again! I wanted to talk about this article by Greg Swartz on Bleacher Report. I have to agree with Swartz when he says that the Cavaliers are struggling at the defensive end. It is shown statistically because they are allowing the second worst field goal percentage in the league at 49.0 percent. They are ranked 21st in the NBA because of points allowed at 101.4 points per game. This is what led to their 3-3 start in the season. The Cavaliers have one of the best players in the league at every position. However, none of the players are willing to commit defensively to a player to make a stop. Swartz talks about Lebron James and says, “LeBron James, typically an all-world defender, has at times looked disinterested during games, admitting to playing “a little passive” during losses to the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers…” David Blatt even had to make a change in the starting lineups by, ” benching shooting guard Dion Waiters in favor of the defensive-minded Shawn Marion.” The Cavs need to actually start plying defense or they wont go to far in the rest of the season against these top notch teams that are in the West.

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4 Responses to Cleveland Cavaliers and Their Lackluster Defense

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    Berk Gencer

    November 19, 2014 at 3:06 am

    So what do you think the issue is? Bad coaching? Not enough time to develop defensive chemistry? Not the right mix of offensive and defensive players?

    I think the Cavs will eventually gel, and I think some of Lebron’s passive nature or disinterest is him, in a way, forcing other players to do more. More of a “show me” mentality which in the end is effecting his game negatively too. Im not too worried about the Cavs at this point, as I believe their will to win and be the best will overcome some of these growing pains. Tomorrows game against the spurs should be a good barometer, because i think the team will be dialed in and will give their best effort.

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    November 19, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I think it’s a mix of many thing. Looking at the roster, you have love who never tried on defense back in Minnesota and you can just start being a great defender. It takes time. I also think that there are so many good people on the team, people sometimes slack off a little because the think that others will make it up for them.

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    November 19, 2014 at 6:58 am

    my bad, I meant to put you CAN’T just start being a great defender

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