Behind the Cavaliers’ defensive disaster — and, yes, LeBron is part of the problem

LeBron James put on a clinic against the Wizards on Friday night. He finished with 57 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and shot an astounding 23 of 34 from the field. He was an unstoppable monster. 

He also had to be

In that game, the Cavaliers surrendered 122 points, good for a pace-adjusted defensive rating of 116. To put that in perspective, the Cavs have only scored more points per possession than that three times this season. If James doesn’t go off — completely off — they lose that game. In related news, the Cavaliers surrendered 117 points and a 109 defensive rating to the now 2-9 Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. 

Cleveland is 30th in points allowed per possessions — dead last in the league, for a team expected to contend for a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. The common narrative around the team is that they are “coasting,” that it’s about how little the Cavaliers care about the regular season. To be sure, they don’t. This team has messed around in each of the last three seasons and still made the Finals. However, bad habits have become indelible elements of the team’s identity, and the situation is getting worse. 

So what’s the problem? Why is Cleveland this bad, and what can be done about it? Let’s answer some questions

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/behind-the-cavaliers-defensive-disaster-and-yes-lebron-is-part-of-the-problem/

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