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A Miami Mirror Image

When James first went to Miami, the transition wasn’t a smooth one, but at the same time it wasn’t as rocky as his return to Cleveland. Then time went on, and the “King” would eventually make it to the Finals in every one of his four years with the Heat, winning two titles.

You look at the situation with Miami and compare it to the situation now in Cleveland, and it’s not that different. In Miami, James had all-stars Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, a young guard in Mario Chalmers, a streaky shooter in Ray Allen, and a young head coach in Erik Spoelstra. Now in Cleveland, James has all-stars Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, a young guard in Iman Shumpert, a streaky shooter in J.R. Smith, and a young (not as young as Spoelstra) head coach in David Blatt. Not that different huh?

The question shouldn’t be whether the Cavaliers will make the playoffs because I think they will, better yet, what will they do once they get into the playoffs. While Atlanta, Toronto, and Washington are having fantastic seasons so far, the success that they’re achieving isn’t something that they’re quite accustomed to. Other than Chicago, I don’t really see a team that is consistent when it comes to making the playoffs as a high seed on a yearly basis. That leaves the door open for Cleveland.

Am I saying that the Cavaliers are going to steamroll through everyone in the East and win a title? No, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win their conference.

Fortunately for the Cavs, they still have half a season remaining to better themselves as a team and show people that this season will not be a disappointment. They need to make the proper adjustments, play better defense, get Kevin Love more involved, speed up the pace of the game, and eventually the results will be positive. While it’s easier said than done, it’s still doable, especially being in the Eastern Conference.

So Cavaliers’ fans, don’t worry; Rome wasn’t built in a day. And if you need any reassurance, just look at the Miami Heat from a few years ago because you’d essentially be looking at a mirror image of yourself. Which means if the end result is the same, you’ll be reaping the benefits sooner rather than later and a city that has been hungry for a championship for many years can finally say that they’re satisfied.

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