Will The Cavs Make the Finals?

      The Cleveland Cavaliers have faced the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals the last three years. They have won once out of the three years. Lebron James, the leader of the Cavaliers, is the best player in the world. However, this year the Cavaliers are struggling mightily, and they might not even make the finals. They are the third seed in the weak eastern conference. They were also the third seed last year, where they made the finals, but this year is different. The chemistry is terrible, and they can’t figure anything out. Their defence was always bad, but this year, it doesn’t even look like they’re trying. Isaiah Thomas, who last year was an MVP candidate, is struggling mightily on the Cavs. Teammates are pointing figures at each other left and right, and the whole team is just a mess. Recently, Kevin Love went down with a big injury that will make him miss two whole months. He was their most consistent player outside of Lebron and their second leading scorer and leading rebounder. Jae Crowder, a big piece in the Kyrie Irving deal and a valuable three and d player, has also struggled. Dwyane Wade has been great off of the bench for them, but J.R Smith has struggled a lot. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert have also underperformed. Plus Derrick Rose hasn’t really really played at all this season. With all that being said however, can the Cavs still make the finals? First of all, the Celtics, who are the first seed, look scary. Kyrie Irving has been amazing, and so have Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Terry Rozier, ect.. They have the number one defence in the league, and their offence can be explosive as well. Plus, they have an incredible coach in Brad Stevens. Lastly, there is the Toronto Raptors, who are second seed, five games above the Cavs. They are very underrated as a title contender. DeMar Derozan, their star shooting guard, is an all-star starter and MVP candidate. His main criticism before this season was his three point shooting. Now, however, he is shooting 35% and up on 4 attempts per game. He is also dishing out five assists per game, and his usage is down. Kyle Lowry is also their all-star point guard. Serge Ibaka, OG Anunoby, Jakob Poeltl, Paskal Siakam, Jonas Valanciunas, Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, C.J Miles, etc., etc. are just great contributors. The raptors are a top ten defence and a top ten offence in the league. Their ball movement is elite and their three point attempts are up there. Dwane Casey is deserving of coach of the year this year, and he is that type of coach. All in all, will the Cavs make the finals? I’m not sure. The Celtics and Raptors could easily beat them. In the end though, it will depend on if the Cavaliers can figure it all out for the playoffs.

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