Since Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers have endured a bit of a downward spiral, going 7-13 in their last 20 games and falling well off the pace at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Seven games back of the Toronto Raptors and nine games back of the Boston Celtics, Cleveland have dropped back into the pack and should their run of bad form continue they could slip into a battle to make the playoffs after looking like a cert to be one of the top seeds just seven weeks ago, these remaining NBA fixtures are on the upcoming games section of Sports Betting Dime, among other the latest odds on these NBA games.
With the trade deadline approaching, Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman – in his first year in the job – decided that he had to make some moves to turn their season around, making not one, not two but three trades on the deadline which saw a total of 10 players and three draft picks change hands.
Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye and Imam Shumpert were all shown the door by Altman, who brought in Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, Rodney Hood and George Hill to replace them and he believes this will go a long way to changing the culture on the team.
I think, in large part, we addressed the culture of the team and the building. And I would imagine a lot people on the conference call that have been around our team saw the lack of energy and enthusiasm, and that was really disappointing to me.
In regards to his new additions, Altman is excited to see what they have to offer on the court as the Cavaliers look to get their season back on track in their bid to win a second title in three years.
I’m really excited about the new guys we have, and I’m really excited about what they are going to bring to the table.I think we’re going to be energetic, and we’re just going to be fun again, and fun to watch and fun to be around.
In a thrilling encounter last night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavaliers secured an over-time win courtesy of a stunning buzzer-beater from Lebron James at the end of the extra period and they’ll be hoping this can be the catalyst towards gaining ground on those at the top of the Eastern Conference.