Cavs news: Jae Crowder sees Cleveland plays designed for the Warriors
Heading into this upcoming season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a clear singular goal in mind in getting back to a fourth straight NBA Finals.
#Cavs Jae Crowder said he can see things early in camp (schemes, etc.) that appear geared for a potential Finals matchup with Golden State
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) October 3, 2017
This isn’t a shot at the Boston Celtics by any means, but addressing that the Cavaliers’ only true competition at this point in time is the Warriors, who kept their roster over the summer after setting an NBA record with a 16-1 mark through this year’s playoffs. This has made Golden State clear-cut standard bearers in the league until proven otherwise.
It shouldn’t be surprising to hear given that the Cavaliers have brought aboard more offensive pieces such as Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, and Dwyane Wade to better compete against the Warriors. The addition of proven talent could potentially be what they are missing to get over the hump in the NBA Finals.
Crowder could show to be a valuable piece to the puzzle with his play on both ends of the floor. He has developed a strong reputation as being a stout individual defender that may be a big factor for the Cavaliers defensively during the playoffs.