The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards last night after LeBron James scored 57 points in a 130-122 win. But the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions have struggled out of the gate, standing at 4-5 now. NBA enthusiast and prolific sports bettor Haralabos Voulgaris said that Cleveland looks like dust.
So hard to discount LBJ but man, Cleveland looks like dust.— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) November 2, 2017
Dwyane Wade, who has struggled with his second team in as many years after playing 13 years in Miami, said that it was “worse” during the Heat’s 2013-14 season that ended in a five-game Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Here is an excerpt from a Palm Beach Post story:
“As a team we were kind of like this,” Wade told reporters in Cleveland. “It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys. When you walked in, it wasn’t a big smile no more. Guys were just over you.
“It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.
If you’re feeling like Wade is burning his bridges with the Miami Heat, think again. After re-signing with the Heat in 2014 after LeBron James left, Wade said that the 2013-14 season “wasn’t fun” and added “it’s amazing we made it to the Finals.” He pretty much said the same thing in light of Cleveland’s woes.
Of course, since that year, Miami has won just one playoff series. The Heat are also off to a rocky start of their own; Dion Waiters couldn’t lift the Heat to .500 against the Denver Nuggets last night. Let’s hope this year doesn’t feel like a bad marriage after the honeymoon 30-11 finish to last season.