The Cleveland Cavaliers delivered a sweep versus the Detroit Pistons in the first series of the NBA playoffs 2016 in the Eastern Conference. With the Atlanta Hawks coming up next on the list, the LeBron James team has to step up their game as Jeff Teague and Al Horford are considered far better stars than the Reggie Jackson team. However, it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers have no need for reminders given their recent victories and their impressive back-to-back execution of plays. Does this mean Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving finally found the best way to play alongside King James?
The 4-0 record they played against the Detroit Pistons saw a brand new Cleveland Cavaliers. Gone are the drama and internal conflicts that hounded the team throughout the NBA season. While they still do not look as close as the Golden State Warriors, who showcase a very close friendship between Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, fans saw a change in the relationship of Kevin Love and LeBron James. In the NBA playoffs 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers displayed better chemistry and camaraderie in their presence in the hardwood court.
"I've gone on record saying, the only thing that matters internally is each other," said Kyrie Irving of his team. He added, "I think that stands true to who we are as a team and what we continue to build on. It's a long journey ahead, and we know the goals that are in front of us. We know it's going to be one day at a time. We have to take advantage of each day, and I think we continue to understand that. We'll just continue to prepare and prepare and get better as the playoffs go on."
Despite his positive words for the Cleveland Cavaliers, rumors are rife that Irving wants out of the NBA team. Speculations arose earlier this season when both Irving and King James aired their grievances via social media. While neither mentioned any name in their posts, fans believe that both All-Star players hinted at leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to seek a fresh start somewhere else.
In an earlier Gospel Herald report, it was disclosed that members of the Cleveland Cavaliers roster are getting fed up with the drama involving LeBron James. Earlier this season, King James shared his desire to be part of a dream team that includes Dwyane Wade of Miami Heat, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. In his recent games, however, it looks like James turned over a new leaf and now appreciates his team. It remains to be seen if Irving feels the same way.
"For our team, it doesn't matter who is the leading scorer or anything," shared James of the Cleveland Cavaliers' attitude this NBA playoffs 2016. He added, "We just want to get wins. But the fact that [Irving] was in such a great groove, just throughout this whole series, we rode his coattails. We rode [Kevin Love.] I was able to focus on some other things, especially my rebounding, get guys involved - defensively, just try to lock in on my individual matchup."