Oct 19, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt coaches during the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on behind at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
3) Will the Heat Stay up on David Blatt?
I will never understand the criticism lobbed at David Blatt all of last season. Even with the Big 3, this team struggled out of the gate, but it wasn’t Blatt that was holding them back. There were so many new faces and so many new schemes that there was absolutely no way everything was going to fall into place right away. When Blatt was given reinforcements from the midseason trades that brought over Mozgov, Smith, and Iman Shumpert, this team hit its stride. Those additions moved far lesser players like Joe Harris, Mike Miller, and even Tristan Thompson to the bench. If the eye test wasn’t enough to convince you, the Cavs’ NBA best record during the second half of last season was plenty proof enough that Blatt’s seat never should have been hot in the first place.
Cleveland fans have a tendency to be harsh on coaches. With the Browns? Sure, we get it. But look at how many people were calling for Francona’s head at the end of the Tribe season! That was insane. David Blatt is not the best coach in the NBA, but he is closer to the top spot than he is to Mike Brown (either version). For a rookie head coach and all of the pieces he had to mix and match, Blatt did a great job in 2014-2015. This year? We should see Blatt on top of his game, much like Erik Spoelstra hit his after the first year in Miami.
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