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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Maybe it's time to worry

Cavs blog by Bob Finnan

I'm seeing some real bad signs from this basketball team. While history says how a team finishes the regular season doesn't carry over to the playoffs, no team wants to back into the playoffs.

The Cavs were humiliated on Saturday in Detroit, 85-71, but still got into the playoffs after New Jersey lost to Phoenix.

Just making the playoffs was not the goal for the Cavs. They want to win a championship. Does this team look like a championship contender right now? Heck, no. Just making the playoffs was a foregone conclusion.

The Cavs are coming apart at the seems. They've lost 6 in a row on the road. One player after another is getting injured. Ben Wallace can't stay on the court. They shut him down for almost a week and he still aggravated his bad back. Perhaps, he can't be counted on for the rest of the season.

Now Delonte West's ankle is messed up. He has tendinitis. He tried to play on Saturday and Coach Mike Brown thought about putting him in the game. He might play tonight against the Sixers, but don't count on it.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert took a huge risk by agreeing to make the Feb. 21 trade. They took on more salary and will pay more luxury tax. The Cavs are now 9-9 since the deal. That's not exactly what he had in mind.

The Cavs are only 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington for the No. 4 seed. With nine games remaining, it's now possible they could drop down to the fifth seed.


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