Cavs aim to defend their crown as new season approaches

By: Carter Caldwell

Basketball fans are gearing up for their favorite season as winter approaches, and it’s safe to say the Cleveland Cavaliers are not going to go down without a fight.  Last year “Believeland” was able to defeat the Golden State Warriors to garner the city’s first championship since 1964 and the team’s first since its inception.  After losing to the Warriors in 2015’s championship, 2016 found the Cavs at a 3-1 deficit in the seven game series.   Never one to give up, rookie coach Tyronn Lue and the team made an unprecedented comeback to win it all.

This season, the Cavs will be without backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who was the team’s fourth-best free-throw shooter.  On the flip side, the Warriors gained Kevin Durant, a seven-time NBA All-Star, who came from the Oklahoma City Thunder.  While this may seem to be an impressive addition, some fans wonder if Durant’s presence may interfere with the team’s cohesiveness.

Despite being a favorite to win the upcoming championship, the Warriors are not off a good start this season, after their 29-point loss on October 25 to the San Antonio Spurs.  The Cavaliers, on the other hand, beat the New York Knicks by 29 in their first game of the season, with LeBron James.  James, 31, is very confident in his team, saying “There are more mountains to climb,” when asked about the continuation of last year’s success.

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