By Spencer Roush @Spence_BBS
The Cleveland Cavaliers were a pretty successful team last season. After fumbling through the first half of the season, they caught fire after a trade that landed them Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov. They ascended in a historically weak Eastern Conference to the NBA Finals and lost to the eventual NBA Champion, Golden State Warriors. They managed to keep most of their team intact this offseason and were the most-likely front runner to win the East again this year. However, The Miami Heat got much better and have a strong blend of talent, youth, depth and experience. Additionally, Iman Shumpert was just announced to be having surgery on his right wrist and will be out 12 to 14 weeks.
Shumpert played a major role for the Cavs last season after being traded. He brought intensity on the defensive end and athleticism and three point shooting on the offensive end. Losing him will be a major blow to a team that struggled with chemistry throughout last season. With the emergence of the Miami Heat, I expect the Cavs to struggle early on next season. If they do indeed struggle, I have a feeling that David Blatt may be fired. There was already quite a bit of pressure on him to leave after they lost in the Finals. If Blatt were to leave, it would cause major turmoil within the Cavs organization. My bold prediction is that the Miami Heat will reclaim the throne in the Eastern Conference and earn the number 1 seed in the East.