This time last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers were not even on the radar to win a title or even make the playoffs. This year, it is a whole new ball game. With the return of the best player on the planet, LeBron James, and the addition of perennail all star Kevin Love, the spotlight is now shining brightly on the Cavs. With the spotlight also comes pressure, something LeBron faced four years ago when he made his appearance with the Miami Heat. With the a newly minted and star studded roster, the Cavaliers have a great chance to win the title that has long eluded the city of Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have a young roster which includes some inexperienced players, but also features some battle tested veterans. The team also has a new coach in David Blatt. These factors up the ante on whether or not the Cavs will be able to handle playoff pressure and live up to all the exceptions and hype that the fans and media have put on them. LeBron will have to play the mentor role to many of his young teammates and he will have to have a lot of patience.
Rest assured, the Cavaliers should be able to live up to the immense pressure that they are now under. With a strong starting lineup and a good bench, it should be fairly smooth sailing.
Having only won 97 games in the past four years, the Cavaliers should be able to tremendously turn that number around, especially with LeBron James on board.
The biggest pressure the Cavaliers will face is from the western conference, which is much stronger and deeper that the east. The west features the best team in the league in the defending champion Spurs, the splash brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, lob city with the Los Angeles Clippers, and don’t forget about Kevin Durant and the thunder.
If the Cavaliers can get down a good chemistry set, hardcore defense, and an outstanding offense, they stand a chance at beating some of these strong teams on the West.