Six weeks after the front office made a shocking midseason coaching change, the Cleveland Cavaliers have somehow reached a crossroads of similar proportions.
The reigning Eastern Conference champions have lost three out of their past five games. Tyronn Lue can’t commit to a full-time starting lineup. And loud whispers that this team lacks the emotional chemistry and cohesion necessary to win a championship have resurfaced following an unsubstantiated report of Kyrie Irving’s unhappiness and LeBron James taking an impromptu trip down south to workout with Dwyane Wade.
Are the Cavaliers doomed? Of course not. Cleveland is still one of the most talented teams in basketball and holds a two-game lead on the Toronto Raptors for home-court throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. The sky isn’t quite falling.
But the Cavaliers are clearly struggling nonetheless, and some new intel suggests a source of the hushed disharmony that’s seemingly plagued them since beginning of last season.