Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are a completely different team than a season ago and now have their eyes set on an NBA championship. With the best player in the world returning home and a few of his buddies joining him, the Cavs are sitting in the NBA’s drivers seat.
Here is your 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA preview.
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Key Additions: LeBron James, Kevin Love, James Jones, Mike Miller, Brendan Haywood
Key Losses: Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Luol Deng, Jarrett Jack
Biggest Strength: The biggest strength for the Cleveland Cavaliers has to be the amount of star power on this squad. For the first time in probably ever, the Cavs have multiple Top 10 players in Kevin Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. This makes the Cavaliers a championship contender and gives them players who are more than capable of taking over a game. Like we witnessed with the Miami Heat the last few years, having three dominant players in their prime has become the formula in today’s NBA and it leads to a lot of victories. If any of the Cavs players have an off night, there’s more than enough firepower left to pick up the slack and still get the W. The Cavaliers starting five is just about as good as it gets, and it all starts with their big three.
Biggest Weakness: A lack of experience is the only reason many are hesitant in giving the Cleveland Cavaliers the NBA title this season. Many forget that Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving have never participated in an NBA playoff game. Forget about the younger guys on Cleveland's roster such as Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Matthew Dellavedova. Even though some of these players are seasoned vets, it’s always interesting to see how guys perform in the playoffs for the first time. Playoff basketball is completely different than regular season games, as the pressure gets turned up, the crowd is nastier and the level of play is increased. Not to mention experienced teams and players are a part of the playoffs, which puts the Cavs at a disadvantage. Even with the star power, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a little wet behind the ears.
Expectations: The Cavaliers didn’t pull off trades and bring LeBron James here for nothing. Like it was for the Miami Heat the last four years, the expectations for the Cavs is championship or bust. In a weak Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are overwhelming favorites to at the very least reach the NBA final. It’s really cut and dry for the Cavs this season. Either win the championship or experience an offseason of disappointment.