Who’d you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may fight to jell offensively, and they might not have the personnel to construct an elite defense in any way. Neither of these problems stopped them from earning the NBA’s greatest title odds–mainly because a long season will give new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And if he can not figure everything out, he’s still got the best player on the planet on his team. That alone is sufficient to warrant Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to believe the Cavs will hit the floor running on offense, and not merely because they have this absurdly talented core. The truth is we’ve seen how powerful these guys can be through preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all attempted at least three triples per game during exhibition season, and four joined on at least 41 percent of those shots. James, because he is not human, made just 50 percent.
You may think it’s impossible for all four of these players to sustain this type of high collective percentage, but in an offense where double-teaming anybody –or perhaps helping a smidgen too aggressively–results in wide-open opportunities to get a another scoring dynamo, well. . .let’s just say the potential for crime is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, using defenders’ hesitation to leave their assignments to dart to the lane whenever he wanted. Drive-and-kick chances were unlimited, and they’ll continue to be–unless the league makes it possible for opponents to use six players against Cleveland.
Actually, even then…
Accidents, the slog of an 82-game season and several other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
But the Cavs come close.
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