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The Young Cavs are on the Verge of Something Special


Cleveland- It’s been a long time since Cleveland has been able to root for a young team that is one of the top teams in their respective leagues. And to be able to do that with two different teams in the city?! The Guardians, and the Cavs are both young and really, I mean REALLY good with prospects all over.

The young team looks towards the postseason

As the Guardians season is getting ready to get underway, the Cavs season is getting ready to head to the post season. Barring something catastrophic, the Cavs will end the season as the 4 seed. The fact the Cavs will make the playoffs outright, is a huge step in the right direction. This will be the first time since the 90’s the Cavs make the playoffs without Lebron James. To say this is a big deal, is an understatement.

Donovan Mitchell

Last year, the Cavs were a surprise and until some late season injuries, were poised to make the playoffs, but instead, made the play-in and lost to the Nets and Hawks. While disappointing, the Cavs didn’t just assume they would get better organically. They went and insured they would be better by trading for All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. And boy has he been good.

The dynamic guard, who is going to be an All-NBA player, has proven to be everything and more that the Cavs needed. A flat-out star, Mitchell has been the closer and the key to big wins. His 71-point game will be one of the main highlights of his career. The Cavs have not had someone with the star power of Mitchell, since Lebron and Kyrie. Mitchell, voted in as an All-Star Starter, is just the kind of player needed to bridge the gap while star big man Evan Mobley continues to grow.

Mobley moving up

Evan Mobley will eventually need to be the Cavs best player in order to take the next step towards contender status. Mitchell can be the best player for now, but Mobley will need to grow his development soon. He is showing signs of this. Against Denver a few games ago, Mobley put together one of the better games of his young career. Recording 31 points,9 boards while shooting 12-19 from the field, along with 2 three’s, Mobley shined. Ultimately the Cavs lost the game, however, it was a sign that Mobley is starting to put things together. Over the last 10 games, he is averaging 18 ppg and 9 rebounds. While those aren’t record setting numbers, they are an encouraging signs that Mobley is getting in a groove. He is starting to figure out how and where to get his spots. This summer, if he can really hone in on his three-point-shooting, look out.

Young and talented

Th Cavs are not just Mobley and Mitchell. Darius Garland is still an elite point guard. He did not make the All–Star game this year, but make no mistake he could have. The East is loaded with talented guards and Garland is certainly one of them. Add in Jarrett Allen, Caris Levert, Ricky Rubio-back from injury-and Isaac Okoro playing much better over the last few weeks, the Cavs have a decent 8 man rotation. Are there holes? YES. The Cavs aren’t a perfect team by any stretch. However, the team hangs its hat on the defensive end. The team has an identity and are really good. The playoffs are right around the corner. and while I don’t foresee a Championship parade, I expect around the end  of April-early May, there will be a lot of excitement in the city of Cleveland.



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