Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to build a strong foundation for their defense. He likens it to building a house where the Cavs have to start from the ground up.
Per Kenny Honaker of Cavs Nation, Thompson shared that this is the mentality that new head coach John Beilein has:
“We wanna build a foundation. It’s like building a house. We gotta make sure we build from the ground up. Coach JB is bringing that mentality.”
Tristan Thompson on ways to improve team defense:
"We wanna build a foundation. It's like building a house. We gotta make sure we build from the ground up. Coach JB is bringing that mentality."#WGScrimmage
— Kenny Honaker (@CavsNationKen) October 8, 2019
Thompson also said that what they do should always be for the benefit of the whole squad. Since every need is different, they have to stay focused.
“We gotta figure out what’s best for our team. Whether it’s blitzing one through five or switching some guys, we just gotta figure it out.” “There’s gonna be nights when it’s your night to shine, so we’ll need you to lock down defensively.”
Last season, the Cavs were the worst defensive team in the league with a rating of 116.8. The season before, they were the second-worst with a 111.1 rating. And in the 2016-17 season, they ranked 21st with a 109.7 rating.
It’s pretty crystal clear that the defense isn’t the forte of the wine and gold. But as most NBA fans and critics know, it is defense that separates the championship teams from the mediocre ones. Thompson and crew seem to be aware of this.
And in the 2019-20 season, defense seems to be their priority.