Why Every Basketball Fan Should Care About This Season’s Cleveland Cavaliers

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The 2015-16 NBA Season starts soon, preseason hoops are in full swing, and playoff prognostications have begun in earnest. Since season previews can get bogged down by team-specific minutiae, and we cover every basketball team, we’re providing our readers reasons why you should care about all 30 teams in the Association.


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The Cavs with LeBron in the East are teflon. Anything short of LeBron — we won’t even type it — makes them basically impossible to supplant, at least in the eyes of most smart basketball analysts. That’s almost universally because of LeBron, but also that guy who used to play in Minnesota and a younger guy, who sometimes dresses like a geriatric but still scored over 50 points in a game twice last season — the only one in the Association to do so.

That last guy we mentioned, Kyrie Irving, is slowly recovering from a fractured kneecap, which always gives us pause because the young going puts so much torque on those knees, almost like — we won’t even write it but it rhymes with “Eric Nose.”

Anyhoo, we’re in a weird time warp now with the Cavs. It’s like 2009 again the way people are picking them to storm through the East. They just spent — approximate cap figures here — a Prokhorovian amount of dollars simply to do this whole thing again, with the belief that this year they’ll get more of an assist from Lady Luck on the injury front.

Except, this time Kevin Love won’t be coming into the situation quite so fresh and knock-kneed and a living embodiment of this Arrested Development sketch.

Love’ll be getting the ball in the post and other fun places in the half court. He won’t just be the guy to stretch the floor for fun Kyrie and LeBron dribble drives. Hopefully, LeBron remembers that a high screen and roll with Love will get you a good shot almost every time. The Cavs will need it when they’re struggling without Irving out of the gate. We hate making broad statements, but a LeBron and Love pick-and-roll is an easy outcome to predict.

Wait till you get ahold of our first thing to care about, though. The Cavs will be interesting regardless, but we’ve got a truly original look at why Tristan Thompson makes so much sense for this specific Cavs group. Like Draymond Green and the Warriors, Thompson’s skill-set isn’t just a nice contrast from Kevin Love’s game, but a very real addendum to a lineup also featuring Love. Confused? Let us explain.

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