Your Ball: Are Cavs again East’s biggest beasts?

Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers have won four straight Eastern Conference titles.

All season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the NBA’s most-discussed team, and that hasn’t changed since Thursday’s trade deadline.

If anything, people are talking about them even more — and why not? This is a team that underwent a major facelift thanks to general manager Koby Altman and team owner Dan Gilbert.

Along with (who else?) LeBron James, the Cavs still feature Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love (when healthy) and several other familiar names, including coach Tyronn Lue and his staff.

But now they have replaced Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert with George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.

The four newcomers are still undoubtedly very new, having played in just one game — Sunday’s 121-99 landslide of a road win over the Boston Celtics.

And the Celtics and Toronto Raptors, who look better than ever, are still ahead of the Cavs in the Eastern Conference standings (with the Raptors currently holding the first spot).

But this is the regular season, and we’ve seen that LeBron tends to save his best for when it matters most. You don’t make seven consecutive trips to The Finals any other way.

Granted, it’s still very early, as the postseason doesn’t begin until the middle of April. A lot can and will happen between today and then.

But are the remade Cavs (33-22) now the team to beat again in the East?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. As always, we look forward to reading what you have to say and often will jump in and offer some thoughts ourselves.

7 Comments on "Your Ball: Are Cavs again East’s biggest beasts?"

  1. I think they’re definitely in a better position to escape the East than they were last week, but the depths they sunk to in January make me hesitant to declare them the beasts just yet. I need to see how they handle adversity first.
    They definitely pass the eye test though, on both ends of the court.

  2. If the team keeps the same energy, pace, defense, and joy for four or five games after the break, this will be a remake of beauty and the beast.

  3. Let’s break this down. Isaiah Thomas at 5′ 6″ and still hobbling and mouthing off. I’d say Hill is a HUGE upgrade! Jae Crowder a 6’6″ small forward that couldn’t find his groove. Hood is a HUGE upgrade! Dwyane Wade at 39 (or what ever) played like he was 49. I’m happy for him that he can ride off into the Miami sunset especially after I read he’d be found often watching Miami games in the locker room. Clarkson is a HUGE improvement! Derrick Rose as a “now you see him, now you don’t” imitation of a terribly depressed individual. No need to replace him. Just dump him! Channing Frye a big 6’11” shooting guard that can’t move or jump more than 4″ at a time. Larry Nance is a HUGE improvement with his shot blocking ability. … and poor IIman Shumpert. I think he may have played a few games this year, but after a fine year during the Championship year, he dropped off like a lead ball off a table. Like DRose, just sending him to the Kings was a HUGE improvement for the Cavaliers.

    I’m loving this new look team.

  4. We were all excited at the beginning of the year. Winning 18 out of 19 was nice. But then the Cavs became a bad TV show, complete with lousy writing, directing and acting. It was hard to tune in.

    But now the script has completely changed and they have much more watchable actors. We still have a questionable director, but who cares? The excitement and hope are back!

    Beasts of the East? Absolutely!

  5. Lebron and the Cavs shocked the Sports world Sunday with that total beat down … I turned on the game thinking the Cavs had little hope playing 4 new players …. Even the Pro Celtics commentators seemed stunned and totally lost for words at times during the game like they had been hit hard in the gut…. Don’t know how it all plays out but I do know it was a beautiful sight seeing all those grave diggers trying to bury the Cavs drop their shovels and run ……

  6. Cavs WILL make the Finals again with this deep, talented roster. I can’t see the Celtics or Raptors beating us in a best of 7. Now the Warriors or Rockets may be a different story but we’ll see.

    p..s.- Sam, is Drennan Live still on the air? I can’t seem to find any airings lately.

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