The Cavaliers have looked dysfunctional on both ends as of late. They have dropped two games in a row, both on the road to Utah and Portland. The plane delays and disrupted preparation may have had an effect on the outcome against the Trail Blazers last night, but the Cavs are also looking like they need to get re-acclimated with each other.
Due to the heavy and ongoing NBA schedule, teams are getting less and less practice time together, and when you have the talent of the Cavaliers boosted by the addition of sharpshooter Kyle Korver, the need for practice together becomes increasingly more critical.
The Cavs haven’t practiced since December 28th, which is a long time considering they see each other everyday, but this recent road trip and busy schedule hasn’t allowed any practice time for the wine and gold.
The Cavaliers take on the Kings on Friday night in Sacramento, and will have their first practice in nearly a month on Sunday, before they take on the Warriors a day after at Oracle Arena.
After a lifeless and out-of-sync Cavs fell to the Blazers quite comprehensively, team captain LeBron James stated that the Cavs are desperate for a practice session, especially to introduce new recruit Korver to the offense.
The Cavs will benefit from refreshing on their sets and play calls, as they look to lift themselves out of this mini slump. Look for the world champions to bounce back against the Kings on Friday night.