Another day. Another loss. The Cleveland Cavaliers added another L to their season. The only thing that has more L’s than the Cleveland Cavaliers is a Machine Gun Kelly Concert. Unlike the MGK concert, the Cavs prefer as little L’s as possible. But as the front office continues to stick to their plan, I urge the fans to do the same.
I know it is hard to continue supporting and even watching a team that has lost 164 games in the past three seasons, but the Cavs have stuck to their plan so far, and while it may not look like it, it is working. I know the only thing that stands out right now is the 56 in our loss column, but let’s look at some positives:
- We have a future elite point guard in Kyrie Irving who is in the Top-5 in 4th quarter scoring, something the Cavaliers have missed for as long as I can remember. Skip Bayless agrees:
The Cleveland Cavaliers now have a superstar with the clutch gene.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 3, 2013
- Our questionable second 1st round pick has shown signs of developing into a very good power forward in Tristan Thompson, showing strong offensive and leadership ability after seeing those two qualities getting questioned with him in his first season and a half. Exhibit A:
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) April 6, 2013
- We have four draft picks in the upcoming draft in June.
- Our salary cap after next season sets us up to be major players in the 2014 Free Agency period, (and not just for the guy that once repped our city).
This team has gone through a lot of ups and downs this season. The first half of the season was full of close games. Whether we won or lost, you had to be happy with the fact that this team is learning how to win those games. And while they may not win those close ones now, the experience gained from them will benefit this young team much more when faced with the situations in the future.
The four blown 20-point leads need to be looked at in a positive way as well (maybe not in the head coach area, but that is another story). Let’s face it, we as fans were not expecting to be competing for a playoff spot this season. Our starting lineup consists of two rookies and two second-year players. The experience gained during this depressing season will make us look back on this with less anger. Whether LeBron James comes back in 2014 or not, this team will be a very good one for a long time.
So I urge all of you to not lose your faith in this team. Keep supporting them. You knew going into the season it wouldn’t be a great one to watch. It is almost over, and the scary thing is, we are only a few pieces away from contending for a long time. The Cavs are full of assets and cap space. Chris Grant will use it. The team is learning how to win. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have only played in about 30 games together, yet they still show flashes of becoming one of the most dangerous duos in the coming years. Look at it this way, we could be Sacramento. Be thankful that we aren’t the city with one professional sports franchise on the brink of leaving completely. Be thankful that you get to root for your team without having that in the back of your mind.
Oh, and be thankful that we aren’t the Bobcats.