November 17, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s be real, for the Cleveland Cavaliers to be 8-3 in November with all 3 losses coming late in games, should fans truly be worried? If last season’s 19-20 start proves anything, it’s that the 2015-16 season is a long way from being defined. However, with the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors off to an 11-0 start and hitting on all cylinders, fans are panicking on the Cavaliers early season late game struggles.
Welcome to a season of high expectations Cavaliers fans. After last season’s run to the NBA Finals where freak injuries, a dehydrated Matthew Dellevadova, and a deep Golden State bench kept LeBron James from his first title in Cleveland.
The expectations for the 2015-2016 Cavaliers are sky high. So much so, that an early season 8-1 start consisting of an 8-game winning streak isn’t enough to give fans confidence through a 2-game losing streak that the Cavaliers are poised to return to the NBA Finals. LeBron James is among the concerned even calling out his own teammates and questioning whether they are hungry enough.
When directly compared this season, you would think that the Warriors lost in the Finals and that the Cavaliers won. The Warriors are undoubtably coming out on a mission and they appear to be hungrier, but don’t forget, it’s a different mission for the Cavaliers. The Warriors are out to prove to the rest of the league that they are worthy of being called NBA champions. They’re criticized for being lucky in that the Cavaliers suffered injuries to Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, and Kevin Love, and that they didn’t have to face the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs. So are the Cavaliers hungry enough? Should fans be worried that the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry are off to NBA record setting paces and the Cavaliers are struggling?
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In my opinion, I take the advice of LeBron James and Aaron Rodgers from a year ago… RELAX. In this weeks edition of Factory Lines, and the first of the season, we’ll take a look at why Cavaliers fans shouldn’t panic, break down the 8-3 start, and provide some areas that the Cavaliers should look to improve on going forward.
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