The Cleveland Cavaliers have collected a 3-9 record since December 25th. That puts them a full six games behind the Boston Celtics and finds them in third place within the Eastern Conference.
Some sports pundits have placed the blame on the arrival of point guard Isaiah Thomas, saying that he offers no help on defense and very little in assists. Kevin Love’s productivity has definitely declined with Thomas on the floor, testing an already tense move- as coach Tyron Lue has recently experimented with Love at center- since Tristan Thompson was pulled from the lineup due to injury.
That’s about to change, according to sources. Jae Crowder will no longer be in the starting lineup and Love will again serve as the team’s starting power forward, alongside Thomas, JR Smith, LeBron James and Thompson. Whether or not the shake up will pull the Cavs from their current funk remains to be seen. But at this point, the team couldn’t do any worse.
If Thompson can begin contributing again (on the level that he was playing when the Cavaliers signed him to a $15 million annual contract) Cleveland fans should be able to breathe a sigh of relief leading into the All Star break. Otherwise, it could be a long season between now and the playoffs.