Re: Your Opinion: What Do the Cavs Have to Do to Make It Back to the Finals?
They are capable of getting past their competition in the east. A few more bounces, and they beat Boston this past season. Detroit doesn't scare me anymore. Orlando is up and coming, but haven't proven anything yet.
I'm not really happy with the lack of offseason activity, but this is about what I expected. Perhaps their deficiencies can be addressed at the trade deadline. They aren't in a position cap wise to make a move. Teams like Philly have gotten better, but I don't think they are there quite yet. They are a player away.
LeBron is still only 23. He will improve even more. Ilgauskas will continue to be steady. He has another year or 2 left in the tank. Ben needs to just go out there and do what he does. If anyone is expecting the Ben Wallace from 2004--they are going to be disappointed. That player is gone. Just go out there and get 9-10 boards and make the opposing power forward have to work. I also think West will gradually improve (that is, if we keep him!). Also, I think Wally will have a bounceback season of sorts. He's not THAT old. We won't get the Wally of old, but I think we can get a nice player who can stroke the outside shot.
Guys like Andy/Sasha/Gibson, etc need to bounce back after poor/injury plagued seasons last year. If even ONE of those guys can, that helps out the cause.
It's just a matter of keeping things in perspective. We have some older guys. Don't expect things out of them that they cannot do. If a few guys can bounce back and post their career norms, we stay healthy (key for any team, obviously), and are somewhat active around the trade deadline, we can get back there to that stage.
We had alot of adversity in which we had to overcome last season. More than most teams. Had the garbage with Andy/Sasha holding out, injuries to key players, the huge trade. Lots of guys had to figure out their roles on the fly. I think the team will be more relaxed this season.
Last edited by mlh1981 : 08-03-2008 at 11:04 PM.