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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cleveland Rolls the Dice

Generally, teams that make it to the NBA Finals do not make wholesale changes in the middle of the following season. Cleveland General Manager Danny Ferry is certainly taking a risk by trading two starters and six players overall from a roster that came within four wins of capturing an NBA title last June.

Before this season started, some so-called experts predicted that the Cavaliers might not even make the playoffs and said that Cleveland's run to the 2007 NBA Finals was a fluke. I maintained that the formula of good defense and rebounding combined with the brilliance of LeBron James would once again put the Cavaliers in contention for the Eastern Conference crown. Of course, I had no way of knowing that Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic would both miss the start of the season due to contract holdouts or that James, Varejao, Pavlovic and other key rotation players would miss many games due to injuries. Still, despite those challenges the Cavs remain squarely in the hunt for home court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Will Ferry's bold move prove to be the final step in the process of building a championship team or will the Cavaliers actually be a worse team once the dust settles? I discuss that question in my newest article for CavsNews.com:

Cleveland Rolls the Dice

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posted by David Friedman @ 1:01 PM

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At Monday, February 25, 2008 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David,

I've agreed with you all year about the Cavs. As a Cavs fan it is hard to believe the lack of respect this team gets in the national media. Its like they missed games 3-6 of the Eastern Conference finals last year.

That said, I hope this trade gives the Cavs a little more consistency. It will definitely be interesting to see how Mike Brown adjusts his lineup to deal with the influx of new players with a variety of skill sets. I look forward to your continued analysis.

mario

 

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