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LeBron And Kyrie To Play Shorter Minutes Next Season

LeBron And Kyrie To Play Shorter Minutes Next Season

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Months have passed since the NBA Finals, and who can forget the great finals run of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers? The Warriors were very effective in using the whole team to be able to rotate players giving everyone enough playing and resting time. While on the other end, we saw how key players on the Cavaliers play longer in hopes of leading the Cleveland, especially LeBron.

LeBron James who is about to turn 31 in December is entering his 13th year in the NBA. Just for his efforts in leading the Cavaliers to a championship, James has played an average of 42.2 minutes. Though dubbed as “Best in the World” or one of basketball’s greats, LeBron is human and that wear and tear of playing so many minutes is getting into him as seen in the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving on the other hand is a bit different, the 23 year old is prone to injuries. Kyrie is linked to injuries almost every season he has played with the NBA and even when he was playing college ball for Duke. Reducing his playing time means keeping him healthy and effective especially if they want to get another shot at the title.

In hopes of keeping their NBA Finals trophy alive, reducing playing times to their star players is essential to securing that they keep healthy and be able to perform in times of need. Basketball players are human and they show fatigue regardless of age.

The NBA Regular Season starts Tuesday, October 27, 2016 with the Chicago Bulls hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Cavs Get Really Lucky and Win Draft Lottery Again

Cavs Get Really Lucky and Win Draft Lottery Again

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the luckiest team in the NBA.  The problem is, their luck hasn’t translated into success.

The Cavs won the 2014 NBA Draft lottery with just a 1.7 percent chance of grabbing the top spot.  It’s the second year in a row and third in four years Cleveland will draft number-1 overall.  That kind of fortune should equate to a playoff basketball team.  Unfortunately, the Cavs haven’t made the playoffs since Lebron James left town in 2010.

Cleveland actually hit a home run with their number one pick in the 2011 draft, in which they picked Kyrie Irving, a freshman out of Duke.  Irving is now the face of the franchise and has two All-Star appearances, but has been hampered by injuries.  He hasn’t played in more than 71 games per season.   The young superstar needs to stay healthy for Cleveland to contend.

In the 2012 draft, the Cavs selected Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick.  Waiters has helped form a formidable backcourt with Irving.

Gold was struck again in the 2013 draft, when the Cavs had a 15 percent chance of drafting number one.  Their ping pong ball was pulled and the Cavaliers pulled the trigger on Anthony Bennett, a freshman forward out of UNLV.  With just four points per game on 36 percent shooting, the power forward went onto have the worst season by a number one pick since this guy (on the left, not Michael Jordan):

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That player, by the way, is Kwame Brown, taken first overall by Washington by then-Wizards President Michael Jordan.  He made a big mistake.  And if the Cavs make another mistake with their most recent number one pick, Kyrie Irving may be playing for another team in a couple of seasons…and the Cavs will keep having ping pong balls pulled…in the NBA Draft Lottery.

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