Cleveland Cavaliers are on a quest to defend the NBA trophy, but the reigning champions have been playing far below expectations in 2017. Cavs need to find their best form in the NBA play-offs if they are to retain the title, but that is easier said than done.

Cleveland Cavaliers did remarkably well to shock star-studded Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals last season and they are eager to repeat the success. However, Tyronn Lue’s troops suffered a dip in form in the regular season finale and it remains to be seen if they are capable of getting back on course.

LeBron in familiar pose since the Allstar Weekend (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Despite failing to impress in Game 1 against Indiana Pacers, Cleveland eventually recorded a hard-fought 109-108 victory over Paul George and Co. Lebron James led the team to the triumph with 32 points and 13 assists, whilst fellow superstar Kyrie Irving impressed in Game 2, with the 25-year-old point guard scoring 37 points in a 117-111 win over Pacers.

Cavs had 18 turnovers in Monday’s game and they will have to reduce the number of bad passes if they are to go all the way in the 2017 NBA play-offs. As always, three-point shots were Cleveland’s main weapon in the 117-111 victory over Indiana, but it has to be noted that they had no more than seven offensive rebounds in Game 2. No doubt, Tyronn Lue’s charges need to improve in the said category if they are to make life difficult for fellow title contenders in days to come.

Anyhow, coach Tyronn Lue can count on all of his big guns for the NBA play-offs and the title holders are definitely capable of finding their best form. LeBron James has been taking more shots of late and, as a result, he has been averaging 30.8 points in April. “The King James”, though, can’t win the title by himself and his teammates will have to be at their sharpest in the play-offs as well if they are to give fans yet another reason for celebration.

Cleveland Cavaliers won their first ever NBA trophy last season and, taking everything into account, they have a good chance of defending the title. Speaking of Conference titles, you should bear in mind that Cavs are after their fourth trophy and they are seen as main favourites to go all the way in the Eastern Conference play-offs. 

Published by Luke Ross

Luke Ross, is the founder of Luke grew up watching and playing soccer but his heart was always in Basketball. Luke arrived in Cleveland in 1993 and turned into a Cavaliers fan since.