The NBA playoffs are just a month away, and while the Cavaliers generated a ton of hype among fans and analysts with moves at the trade deadline to revamp their roster, Cleveland has since lost four of its last six games and given up 126 points or more twice in that span.
Kevin Love is still recovering from an injury, but the Cavs have fallen to fourth in the Eastern Conference and are in danger of slipping further, with the Wizards and Sixers not far behind.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne addressed the Cavs’ woes on Outside The Lines Tuesday, and said that LeBron’s roster of teammates lacks a player like Dwayne Wade in Miami or Kyrie Irving of the past few years.
“There’s always a sense that ‘LeBron is LeBron,’ right? ‘LeBron will save us, LeBron will deliver us.’ But the longer this goes on, what’s becoming clear is they don’t have a sidekick for LeBron. They don’t have anybody else in the last five minutes of a game who can step up and deliver them baskets.
I don’t know that I would say there’s concern, there’s panic. I think everybody wants to see what happens when Kevin Love gets back, but that’s never been his role on this team. He’ll help their offense, but he’s not a guy who necessarily creates for himself off the dribble or takes pressure off LeBron. He certainly doesn’t help them defensively. So I think there’s the sense that ‘we are what we are.’”
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Source:: For The Win