If you were waiting for the Cavaliers to just collectively throw the switch come playoff time. That didn’t happen. Especially defensively, where they’ve been pretty horrible for months now.
Sure, they’re the defending champs. And they can score the ball. And they do have the best player in the world to bail them out the way LeBron did in Game 1. But if they’re going to defend that title, they’re going to have defend someone at some point.
LeBron might have stolen them one game, and they did steal it given Indiana had a real good look on a final shot to win it, but he’s not stealing them 15 more. Not if they can’t get stops when they need them.
Sure, they did what they had to do to get the win. But they had to work much harder, against a 42 win team and a 7 seed than anyone expected them to.
And if C.J. Miles hits a relatively easy jumper to win it, everyone would be freaking out right now.
So they didn’t throw the switch, and they’re not where they should be with the playoffs now underway. And they looked nothing like a team that’s ready to defend their title. And not only because they don’t defend, but because they don’t finish; and just blew another lead late just as they had several times at end of the season.
Best I could say about the Cavs is that Boston and Toronto showed you really can’t write Cleveland off and the East really is a crapshoot.
But the West isn’t. The Warriors are the team to beat. There. And in the Finals.