CLEVELAND — When people talk about slides in the NBA, they usually mention the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After all, the Cavs had lost eight of 11 heading into Monday’s game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
And based on record, the Cavs certainly are not the best team in the East. At least, not record-wise.
So does Tyronn Lue believe that the three-time defending conference champion Cavs the best team in the East?
“Yes,” the Cavs coach said when asked Monday night.
Well, what about the 26-16 record, which actually placed thew Cavs third in the East entering Monday?
“We’re not the best right now,” Lue said. “But we will be.”
It’s hard not to believe Lue, considering the Cavs seem to go on one or two of these slides every season since the return of LeBron James in 2014. And despite the skids, they also seem to bounce back up and contend for a title.
James, in fact, has reached The Finals seven straight times — one major reason Lue said he remains confident.
“We have thew best player in the world,” he said.
Along with all that, yes, the Cavs are exploring making a trade before the Feb. 8 deadline. But you need a dance partner and you don’t want to gut the roster.
So a lot can still happen between now and when the playoffs start in mid-April. And according to Lue, a lot still will.