Kevin Love is going to miss 6 weeks of play due to knee surgery, is it time to say goodbye?
This may be the only opportunity, as well as perfect opportunity to part ways with Kevin Love. The New York Knicks President, Phil Jackson presented a trade proposition a couple of weeks ago, Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love. As you may have already heard about the trade proposal the Cavs organization turned it away. Right now, they're probably reconsidering the proposal, and strongly!
Can Still Win the East...
The Eastern Conference is not tough at all. Especially, for the best team in the East in the Cleveland Cavaliers. The East is still wide open for the Cavs to win because they still have the best player in the world in Lebron James. Winning the East is not the problem.
With that said, some teams will start to present a problem and a bigger challenge to the Cavs, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. It makes the East more interesting and basketball more fun to watch. James and company is now forced to compete and since they will be forced to compete they'll be more prepared for the Warriors.
This may be a good thing in disguise...
Don't Be Surprised!
Now, there's two teams they have to watch out for, the Toronto Raptors who just acquired Serge Ibaka, and the Boston Celtics.
All the Raptors ever really needed was a solid inside presence man who could defend the basket and generate some offense. Now they have that, and now they may become a contender for the number one seed as the Cavs will probably begin to fall in playoff position. They're 7 games behind now, but I think they can make a run with a long win streak. Not likely, but may very well be probable.
Even with that prediction out there, we can't forget about the current number 2 seed, the Boston Celtics. They're only two and a half games behind.
Although these two teams will become real contenders, it doesn't mean that they can beat the Cavs in a 7 game series. James has proven that he can win on the road. He's done it in the East throughout his prime years of play and he's even most recently done it in the NBA finals. So, even if the Cavs do lose the number one seed, it's no time to get down on the Cavs.
What About the Golden State Warriors or Even the San Antonio Spurs?
I don't have doubts about the Cavs getting back to the NBA Finals. The question is, will they be able to compete against the likes of a Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs? Sure, they'll have Love back by then, but how badly does his absence disrupt the team's chemistry?
What if they do accept the trade from the Knicks and get rid of Love for Carmelo Anthony? Does that fix their problem? I for one certainly don't believe that it does. In fact, I think no matter who they play in the Finals the Cavs will lose. The East will present a problem to James that it never has before and I believe that it will break his spirit rather than him turning up his competitive nature. Playing more minutes doesn't mean you're more competitive, it means your team can't play without you. And, as a leader on that team, he should make sure his team can be effective without him, him and the coach should be sure of that.
In the end, the Cavs will not repeat. The drama this season was too much and I think a lot of that will come back around to bite James and the Cavs organization. The Warriors or the Spurs will be too much in the Finals!
Whether or not the Cavs organization thinks it's time to say goodbye to Kevin Love, the results they're trying to avoid will be the inevitable result, losing in the NBA Finals and James taking another blow to his NBA legacy.