One year after becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit, the Cleveland Cavaliers are staring at a sweep. Yes, the Cavs couldn’t win what amounted to a must-win game Wednesday, falling to the Warriors, 118-113, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James, who scored 39 points in the loss, seems resigned to defeat. The Cavs will have to retool their roster this offseason, no?
“He knows what they have and what they don’t have, he knows where their flaws are, and he knew where they were even before this series started,” Bleacher Report senior NBA writer Howard Beck said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “With that said, there’s not a lot the Cavs can do. They’re not moving LeBron, and they’re not moving Kyrie Irving, I don’t think. I think they should consider it, frankly. I think they should consider just about everything aside from moving LeBron. But outside of those two, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are really the only commodities they have.”
James and Irving combined for 77 points in Game 3, but it wasn’t enough. Love, meanwhile, scored just nine points on 1-of-9 shooting, and Thompson failed to score a single point in 23 minutes.
The Cavs, to be sure, have talent. The Warriors just have far more of it.
What can the Cavs do to improve?
“They’ve traded away a lot of picks,” Beck said. “They can’t really make any moves there. They don’t have role players that anybody wants, and they don’t have young players that anybody wants. You got to move Tristan Thompson or Kevin Love if you’re going to retool in any meaningful way. Can they do that? Can they get a good deal? Do they want to make that kind of move? I don’t know. That’s up to whoever’s sitting in the GM chair, which may or may not be David Griffin, who is still mysteriously, bizarrely without a contract.”