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Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:34

Cleveland Cavaliers: Don't Believe The Hype

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Don't buy into the Cavs' championship chances just yet, there is still a lot to prove.

CHUCK D said it best: Don’t believe the hype. I'm not, nor should you, be ready to hand over the NBA championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers- well, not yet at least. They still have a lot to prove. On paper they are flowing with talent but have any of them proven anything individually including LeBron James?  Is the individual motivation going to be a detriment to the Cavs' ability to form a championship chemistry? Are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love able to sacrifice their individual accolades for the greater good of the team? Irving has been labeled as Stephon Marbury the second with the scoring ability and drive (hopefully without the attitude) but there is no evidence to suggest that he is capable of facilitating the offense. Nor has Love ever played on a team where he wasn't the first option. James didn't grow into legendary status as one of the greatest athletes in history until he joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and is undoubtedly motivated to be the hometown hero that wins Cleveland their first major sports title. Will Love and Irving simply hand over the reigns to James? As enticing as the prospect of a high-adrenaline octane-fuelled Cavaliers team excites everyone, just imagine if Love find his way to the Golden State Warriors. Love should give plenty of thought to the move to the West Coast if he is able to maneuver his way to join fellow three-point sharpshooters, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson (if he were to remain). In a similar blueprint to the reigning NBA champions - successfully spreading the floor with three-point shooters to allow Tim Duncan to power his way inside - the Warriors would be incredibly difficult to beat in a seven-game series. Could you imagine the room the Warriors would create in extending the best of defenses out to the three-point line? The large amount of room the Warriors would create would disorientate you. David Lee and Andrew Bogut would be like kids alone in an empty amusement park. Moreover, if the opposition sent a quicker defender at Love, he could simply overpower his way in the post. If Love joins the Warriors, then I'll believe the hype.