Who’d you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers could struggle to jell offensively, and they might not have the personnel to build an elite defense in any way. Neither of these problems stopped them from getting the NBA’s best title odds–mainly because a long season will give new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And when he can’t figure out everything, he’s still got the best player on the planet on his group. That alone is enough to warrant Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to believe that the Cavs will hit the ground running on offense, and not merely as they have such an absurdly talented core. The truth is we have seen how potent these men can be during preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all attempted three or more triples per game during exhibition period, and all four joined on 41 percent of those shots. James, because he is not human, made just 50 percent.
You might think it impossible for all four of these players to sustain this type of large collective percent, but in a crime where double-teaming anybody –or even helping a smidgen too aggressively–contributes to wide-open opportunities for another scoring dynamo, well. . .let’s just say the capacity for crime is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, using defenders’ hesitation to leave their missions to dart into the lane whenever he wanted. Drive-and-kick opportunities were endless, and they’ll continue to be–unless the league makes it possible for opponents to use six players against Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Injuries, the slog of an 82-game season and various other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
But the Cavs come near.
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