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(ESPN)   Andrew Bynum about the Cleveland Cavaliers: "This is definitely a playoff team," Bynum said. "I'm really excited about this roster"   (espn.go.com) divider line 26
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2013-07-20 02:00:53 AM
If we can keep our players healthy, yeah. That was the biggest problem last year. Varejao was having an All-Star caliber year before he went down and then Kyrie missed a ton of time after the All-Star Break, otherwise we had what should have been an 8th seed team. I forget the exact stat, but we lost something like 25 games where we were either tied or leading going into the 4th quarter. Couple that with an inability to stay healthy and it's no wonder the Cavs did as poorly as they did last season.
 
2013-07-20 02:03:13 AM

CavalierEternal: If we can keep our players healthy, yeah. That was the biggest problem last year. Varejao was having an All-Star caliber year before he went down and then Kyrie missed a ton of time after the All-Star Break, otherwise we had what should have been an 8th seed team. I forget the exact stat, but we lost something like 25 games where we were either tied or leading going into the 4th quarter. Couple that with an inability to stay healthy and it's no wonder the Cavs did as poorly as they did last season.


Do you want LeBron back?  That is the Cavs goal for 2014.
 
2013-07-20 02:05:47 AM

Frederick: CavalierEternal: If we can keep our players healthy, yeah. That was the biggest problem last year. Varejao was having an All-Star caliber year before he went down and then Kyrie missed a ton of time after the All-Star Break, otherwise we had what should have been an 8th seed team. I forget the exact stat, but we lost something like 25 games where we were either tied or leading going into the 4th quarter. Couple that with an inability to stay healthy and it's no wonder the Cavs did as poorly as they did last season.

Do you want LeBron back?  That is the Cavs goal for 2014.


Look, as a Cleveland fan, I'd root for a genetic clone of Stalin and Art Modell if it meant winning a championship, but do I really want him back? No. I'd much rather us build a solid team from the ground up and make a championship run with the multitude of high first round picks we've got on the roster instead of having the Cavs become the LeBron Show again.
 
2013-07-20 02:36:38 AM

Frederick: Do you want LeBron back? That is the Cavs goal for 2014.


Cavs would have won a title if they had drafted Michael Sweetney or Troy Bell back in 2003.  It's time to admit that LeBron was a bust.
 
2013-07-20 08:29:17 AM
In the east, I think that means they'll go .450
 
2013-07-20 08:39:20 AM

CavalierEternal: If we can keep our players healthy


Andrew Bynum
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2013-07-20 09:15:27 AM

bulldg4life: CavalierEternal: If we can keep our players healthy

Andrew Bynum
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Andrew Bynum


lol.  Exactly what I thought.  Over under on games played by Andrew Bynum this season is 10.  Smart money is going with the under.
 
2013-07-20 09:23:28 AM
We know Boston at least will be vacating a playoff spot, and both Atlanta and Milwaukee could easily slip as well. The only teams besides Cleveland that will be interested in winning games are Detroit and Washington (well, Charlotte, but lulz).

I think they are a playoff team, Bynum or no. You could argue they should tank one more year and try to pick up a top flight talent in next years draft, but I certainly don't fault them for trying to make some noise. Nice young core of talent - not championship level but enough to get them relevant again.
 
2013-07-20 09:30:04 AM
He is obviously unfamiliar with the Cleveland Sports Curse.
 
2013-07-20 10:24:28 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: He is obviously unfamiliar with the Cleveland Sports Curse.


The Cleveland Sports Curse in no way, shape, or form prevents Cleveland teams from making the playoffs.

No, no: Cleveland sports fandom is a  much crueler mistress.
 
2013-07-20 10:42:46 AM
Being realistic, who are the actual playoff teams in the East?

Heat
Pacers
Knicks
Bulls
Nets

So, really, 6-8 are entirely up for grabs. Could the Cavs be one? Sure. Could it be the Hawks, Raptors, and Bullets? Sure. Who the hell knows.
 
2013-07-20 10:46:15 AM

CavalierEternal: Look, as a Cleveland fan, I'd root for a genetic clone of Stalin and Art Modell if it meant winning a championship, but do I really want him back? No. I'd much rather us build a solid team from the ground up and make a championship run with the multitude of high first round picks we've got on the roster instead of having the Cavs become the LeBron Show again.

 
2013-07-20 10:58:16 AM
Making the playoffs in the NBA is not that big of a deal.
 
2013-07-20 11:25:49 AM

jayhawk88: We know Boston at least will be vacating a playoff spot, and both Atlanta and Milwaukee could easily slip as well. The only teams besides Cleveland that will be interested in winning games are Detroit and Washington (well, Charlotte, but lulz).

I think they are a playoff team, Bynum or no. You could argue they should tank one more year and try to pick up a top flight talent in next years draft, but I certainly don't fault them for trying to make some noise. Nice young core of talent - not championship level but enough to get them relevant again.


But doesn't that fit the Cleveland MO though. One of the best drafts in ages, and they'll play just well enough for a 7-8 seed to try to convince LBJ that he should come back since they have a great cheap team already there without him.

He of course never, EVER returns there and Cleveland misses out on being anywhere near the top of the best draft after having the 1 and 4 in one of the weakest in years and the 1 in a draft without a clear number 1.
 
2013-07-20 11:33:59 AM

vonschiller: Being realistic, who are the actual playoff teams in the East?

Heat
Pacers
Knicks
Bulls
Nets

So, really, 6-8 are entirely up for grabs. Could the Cavs be one? Sure. Could it be the Hawks, Raptors, and Bullets? Sure. Who the hell knows.


Bullets? I believe you mean Wizards.
 
2013-07-20 12:49:42 PM
orange storm * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-07-20 10:58:16 AM Making the playoffs in the NBA is not that big of a deal.
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It is when you live in Cleveland.
 
2013-07-20 01:28:26 PM
Cav's suck


/former Clevelander
 
2013-07-20 02:03:05 PM
They are a playoff team. Every other possesion Bynum will take a play off.
 
2013-07-20 06:04:15 PM
Enjoy getting bounced by the Heat in first round and being in NBA Purgatory.
 
2013-07-20 06:17:52 PM
Seriously, it's only really ESPN driving the LeBron goes back to Cleveland narrative. It's not happening.
 
2013-07-20 06:36:46 PM
It's a house of cards. Bynum's knees will be aching after about the 10th game, and then Varejao has to play big minutes. When he goes down, as he always does, then you're stuck with Tyler Zeller at C again. That dog can't hunt.
 
2013-07-20 11:53:15 PM

TheManofPA: jayhawk88: We know Boston at least will be vacating a playoff spot, and both Atlanta and Milwaukee could easily slip as well. The only teams besides Cleveland that will be interested in winning games are Detroit and Washington (well, Charlotte, but lulz).

I think they are a playoff team, Bynum or no. You could argue they should tank one more year and try to pick up a top flight talent in next years draft, but I certainly don't fault them for trying to make some noise. Nice young core of talent - not championship level but enough to get them relevant again.

But doesn't that fit the Cleveland MO though. One of the best drafts in ages, and they'll play just well enough for a 7-8 seed to try to convince LBJ that he should come back since they have a great cheap team already there without him.

He of course never, EVER returns there and Cleveland misses out on being anywhere near the top of the best draft after having the 1 and 4 in one of the weakest in years and the 1 in a draft without a clear number 1.


You have to take that chance regardless. The Heat have won eleven out of their last twelve playoff series, and this season pretty much proved you can pair Lebron with a bunch of remoras who can hit the open jumper and they can win four out of seven every day. Its 1993 all over again and MJ's flirting in our direction? You have to keep that door open.

Add in that a healthy Irving, Waiters, Thompson, and vaguely healthy Varejao probably net you the wrong end of the lotto regardless, so why not take a shot at some postseason experience? Lebron's not the only guy you have to convince you're committed to winning, I hear this Uncle Drew guy wants a winner too.
 
2013-07-21 12:23:40 AM
They need to pick up some players who will complement Bynum's style of play. Brandon Roy is available.
 
2013-07-21 12:34:42 AM
Why is this unlikely? If the Bucks can make the playoffs, why not the Cavs? They've done a decent job rebuilding after the LeBron debacle.
 
2013-07-21 02:30:54 AM

orange storm: Making the playoffs in the NBA is not that big of a deal in the east


FTFY =)

the West has been a beast for the last 10 or so years. i think it was the Warriors that didn't make it one time, and they had a 50+ win year while a sub .500 team made the playoffs in the East.
 
2013-07-21 03:55:44 PM
I can see Cavs taking 'Bron back when he gets old and they feel sorry for him, so they allow him to chase more rings sitting on the bench.
 
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