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Kyrie Irving says the real ‘[blankety-blanks] want two,’ three or four NBA championships

Kyrie Irving says the real ‘[blankety-blanks] want two,’ three or four NBA championships

Kyrie Irving, blessed at an early age with a franchise all to himself and then the security of playing through his prime alongside one of the greatest players in NBA history, has an enviable sense of immediacy for someone we find so early in his journey.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard is the longest-tenured leader of a crew that has lost four of six to fall into a virtual tie for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with fewer than ten games to go in 2016-17. Irving doesn’t just want the Cavs to get back to thinking about shading earlier or connecting more positively on the defensive end against Chicago on Thursday night.&nbsp; He wants his teammates, seemingly sated with the idea that LeBron will save all, thinking about not one but two and perhaps more NBA championships to come:” data-reactid=”16″>The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard is the longest-tenured leader of a crew that has lost four of six to fall into a virtual tie for the top seed in the Eastern Conference with fewer than ten games to go in 2016-17. Irving doesn’t just want the Cavs to get back to thinking about shading earlier or connecting more positively on the defensive end against Chicago on Thursday night.  He wants his teammates, seemingly sated with the idea that LeBron will save all, thinking about not one but two and perhaps more NBA championships to come:

Irving went on to say that there is “no comparison” between what the Cavaliers are going through now – losers of 10 of 17, 22nd-ranked defense with April’s rent nearly due – with what they faced last June. This team should be better prepared to handle not only deficits, but all manner of tumult, due to what the team went through while down 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="From Chris Manning at Fear the Sword:” data-reactid=”22″>From Chris Manning at Fear the Sword:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="From Ramona Shelburne at ESPN:” data-reactid=”25″>From Ramona Shelburne at ESPN:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kyrie Irving then made a direct, straight-line connection between the words said in one time zone, to his actions in another: the Cleveland point guard showed up to Thursday’s practice hours upon hours earlier than his teammates in Chicago’s Central Time.” data-reactid=”28″>Kyrie Irving then made a direct, straight-line connection between the words said in one time zone, to his actions in another: the Cleveland point guard showed up to Thursday’s practice hours upon hours earlier than his teammates in Chicago’s Central Time.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The point Kyrie is attempting to enforce is a salient one. If the Cleveland Cavaliers felt strong enough to feel as if they were always in with a chance with LeBron James and Co. on board for a series of one-game playoffs against the 73-win Golden State Warriors in 2016, why can’t the Cavs keep the same odds working in their favor in some of these 2017 regular season losses?” data-reactid=”30″>The point Kyrie is attempting to enforce is a salient one. If the Cleveland Cavaliers felt strong enough to feel as if they were always in with a chance with LeBron James and Co. on board for a series of one-game playoffs against the 73-win Golden State Warriors in 2016, why can’t the Cavs keep the same odds working in their favor in some of these 2017 regular season losses?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Then again, let’s look at the losses: Washington, at San Antonio, at Houston, in Denver, in Los Angeles against the Clippers, at Boston, with a home-and-home against the Heat, and against those stupid Bulls.” data-reactid=”31″>Then again, let’s look at the losses: Washington, at San Antonio, at Houston, in Denver, in Los Angeles against the Clippers, at Boston, with a home-and-home against the Heat, and against those stupid Bulls.

Those are all teams that should be allowed to sometimes top the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, injured as they’ve ever been through a chunk of that stretch, especially when the Cavs are on the road. Take nothing away from the combatants.

Still, those should be coin-flip games for the champs, and the Cavaliers have come away losers in all of the recent bigger games save for a home contest against the Jazz (far-Western also-rans) and a win over Atlanta just before the Hawks’ 5-10 swoon. If the Cavs should have the best odds in the world in any 48-minute feature that stars LeBron James, why doesn’t that allowance work more often, and against any of the teams listed above?

Props in place for the Wizards, the Nuggets, the Heat, Celtics and even the Clippers. Take nothing away from those Spurs. Take everything away from those Bulls. Why couldn’t the Cavs have just taken one?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This might be why, according to Joe Vardon at Cleveland.com, veteran James Jones did a bit of challenging on his own on Thursday:” data-reactid=”35″>This might be why, according to Joe Vardon at Cleveland.com, veteran James Jones did a bit of challenging on his own on Thursday:

LeBron James, professional basketball talker for a healthy portion of his day, kept those nerves in check while speaking in Chicago:

Part of you should think the Cavs – who have not played since Monday’s loss in San Antonio – should be ready to beat the ridiculous Bulls by 45 points on Thursday night.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Then, you remember.” data-reactid=”50″>Then, you remember.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Talent will usually out, unless some extreme mismatch or personality clash is involved, in a seven-game playoff series. The argument between top-talent versus deep-talent has raged for ages, though, dating back to Bill Russell and the Celtics’ battles through the 1960s, to Bill Walton’s Blazers taking on the ABA All-Stars in 1977, to Michael Jordan against his various 60-win combatants in the 1990s to Kobe and Shaq’s trip through the league at the start of the century up to and including LeBron’s participation in the last six and possibly seven NBA Finals.” data-reactid=”51″>Talent will usually out, unless some extreme mismatch or personality clash is involved, in a seven-game playoff series. The argument between top-talent versus deep-talent has raged for ages, though, dating back to Bill Russell and the Celtics’ battles through the 1960s, to Bill Walton’s Blazers taking on the ABA All-Stars in 1977, to Michael Jordan against his various 60-win combatants in the 1990s to Kobe and Shaq’s trip through the league at the start of the century up to and including LeBron’s participation in the last six and possibly seven NBA Finals.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In adding top-talent to deep-talent in the form of the sensible and superb Kevin Durant, though, the Golden State Warriors appear to have mixed the best parts of both worlds in previously unimaginable ways. It would then be up to LeBron and his Cavaliers to somehow find another gear to get to the final podium yet again, come June. This is where the unequal allotments of rest sent LeBron’s way would seemingly pay off.” data-reactid=”52″>In adding top-talent to deep-talent in the form of the sensible and superb Kevin Durant, though, the Golden State Warriors appear to have mixed the best parts of both worlds in previously unimaginable ways. It would then be up to LeBron and his Cavaliers to somehow find another gear to get to the final podium yet again, come June. This is where the unequal allotments of rest sent LeBron’s way would seemingly pay off.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Younger (Kyrie Irving) and older (James Jones) helpers of both great renown and little statistical note still want to have something to say in the months before that expected Golden State/Cleveland showdown, a showdown that looks more and more perilous the deeper we get into March. Not just with Golden State acting like a far superior team to Cleveland, that issue is for another day, but the Cavaliers’ seeming inability to handle its business down the stretch of the regular season. Just getting out the East, for this learned crew full of players who were around for 3-1, would appear to be a problem.” data-reactid=”53″>Younger (Kyrie Irving) and older (James Jones) helpers of both great renown and little statistical note still want to have something to say in the months before that expected Golden State/Cleveland showdown, a showdown that looks more and more perilous the deeper we get into March. Not just with Golden State acting like a far superior team to Cleveland, that issue is for another day, but the Cavaliers’ seeming inability to handle its business down the stretch of the regular season. Just getting out the East, for this learned crew full of players who were around for 3-1, would appear to be a problem.

The 32-year old LeBron James can’t play through another six weeks of one-game playoffs, though, starting with the remaining eight regular season games. His helpers, his helpers in the starting lineup, have to start to turn Cleveland’s fortunes.

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