We’re at Defcon 3, folks, and I’d wager another loss puts us at Defcon 2. (Cuban Missile Crisis levels!) At Defcon 1, Dan Gilbert goes nuclear on Tyronn Lue. Seven games into this season, and Ty’s elevated coaching seat might just be the hottest in the NBA as the Cavs have lost three straight and four of the last five. Those losses have come against some of the worst teams in the league.
The Cavs are now 1-4 in what is the 2nd-easiest 6-game stretch for any team in the NBA this season, according to BPI pic.twitter.com/f72IxE5HHS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2017
Justin May and Nate Smith hopped in the podcast booth to recap and then Tom Pestak parachuted into the war room with klaxons blaring to help us figure out what is wrong with the Cavaliers. We recapped Sunday’s game, and went over everything that’s going wrong (a lot), and the little that’s going right (Kyle Korver). We looked at lineups (why isn’t Crowder playing more?), slumping players (I’m looking at you, Mr. 4-28 from three, J.R. Smith), the age question (are the Cavs just too old?), and whether this represents a failure of the front office to bring in players who make sense next to LeBron (or anyone for that matter). Do the Cavs have the worst starting backcourt in the NBA? Do they just need an infusion of Isaiah Thomas? Are they just content to make a mockery of the regular season? And what the heck is wrong with Tristan Thompson (one point, one turnover, zero rebounds in 19 minutes). We also talk about who would replace Ty Lue if (some of us say “when”) the hotseat gets to Defcon 1. Larry Drew? Mark Jackson? Sobering thoughts…
We tackle all this and more on a night that saw Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis combine to drop 66 points on Cleveland, and the Knicks outrebounded the Cavs 51-41.