Should LeBron James Be Worried After The Cavaliers’ Blowout Loss To The Spurs?
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are probably going to finish with the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and earn the top seed in the NBA Playoffs this spring. They’re also probably going to cruise right through the playoffs and make it back to the NBA Finals again. And once they get there, they will have a good chance to repeat as NBA champions. But right now, at this very moment, the Cavaliers look like a team that should be at least a little bit concerned following their most recent game against the Spurs on Monday night.
The Cavaliers haven’t been playing particularly well in recent weeks. They have lost four of their last six games, and they have given up at least 100 points in all six of those games. But while most of those games were at least somewhat competitive for stretches of time, the Spurs beat the Cavaliers down 103-74 and reminded LeBron and his teammates that they’re not going to be able to be successful in the postseason if they continue to play the way they’re playing. And to make matters even worse, LeBron suffered an injury during the third quarter of the game when he was hit in the back of the neck with an elbow. He left the game and didn’t return, though he should be medically cleared to play in the Cavaliers next game against the Bulls on Tuesday.
After the game, LeBron said that he wasn’t necessarily worried about the rough patch the Cavaliers have encountered. But he did note that the Cavaliers need to figure out what’s happening with them right now—quickly—and get back to their winning ways before the playoffs start.
“The way we were struggling, this is the last team you want to play,” LeBron said of the Spurs. “A well-oiled machine like this, they exploit everything you’re not doing well at this point in the season. We’re just not playing good basketball right now. We’ve got to figure it out.”
We suspect that LeBron and the Cavaliers will “figure it out” and get back to their winning ways soon enough. They always seem to find a way. But they don’t have a whole lot of time left to do it, and there are other teams, like the Spurs, peaking right now and playing much better basketball than they are. And the Cavaliers are going to have a problem on their hands if they run into a team like that in the playoffs and aren’t able to match up with them.