The Cavaliers are tired of being tied to an apprenticeship contract
Obviously not Groundhog Day, but in Cleveland we’re starting to think that the 2022/23 season is a copy and paste of last season. It wouldn’t be good news as the Cavaliers were eliminated in the playoffs. We’re not there yet, as Donovan Mitchell’s teammates are currently 5th in the East, well ahead of their pursuers, but the road is a concern.
“We’re kind of out of order” sorry Donovan MitchellAfter the setback, Isti lived in the opposite house. “I don’t want it to be our trademark. I don’t want people to think it’s catastrophic either. We are in good shape but we need to find some level of consistency to be a very big team. »
Before the meeting, JB Bickerstaff had already pointed out this violation. “We follow the sequence. There were parts of the level that we could get. There have been times when we see how we can handle things, but now it’s just about being able to do it over time. Cleveland warns his coach. “No one makes a perfect game. I have never seen a team play perfectly for 48 minutes. But can we make it to 40 minutes? In the playoffs, every possession is important. We have to prepare for it and that’s what we want to aim for and we’re working on it. »
The main five at an average age of 23
The Heat were the ideal opponent when it came to the playoffs, as Jimmy Butler’s teammates were experienced in the event. And the Cavaliers failed…
“We’ve seen a team that has been through this before and has never been at this level collectively.” Donovan Mitchell explains. “All of us are a little tired of appearing in front of you and saying, “we have learned.” We want to learn from our successes and we didn’t play well. It is the real truth. We have to find a way. This is our responsibility to all of us. »
On defense for the Cavaliers, they come with a starting five with an average age of 23, and only Donovan Mitchell has really known the playoffs with 39 of 48 games collected by the owners. For a coach, such a young workforce is bound to learn, even if it hurts the back.
“There are hard lessons to learn” knows the coach. “We’re playing against a really good team with tough, tough guys and you’ve got to hang on for 48 minutes. It is not only physical resistance, but also mental. They should be foiled. It’s hard to win in the NBA and you keep learning how to win games like this. Experience is what sets us apart. »
Exit the learning phase
Like Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen is tired of talking about “the lesson” and is still learning the difference between a seasoned Heat and Cavalier.
“They have been in this situation many times and they know how to close these kinds of games. We lost a few possessions late in the game and they took advantage of that. These are the situations we want to be in. We want to be in these close games, against the best teams, in a playoff atmosphere, in playoff basketball, so they can find every little flaw to attack us. It’s just something we’ll use for progress. (…) We cannot keep saying “we learned, we are learning, we are learning”… I think the key word is “learning lesson” and I am tired of pronouncing it. »
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