Let's not pull any punches here. The Cavs' defense right now is garbage — except, much like an opposing 3-pointer shooter, it's garbage the Cavs keep staring at and refusing to address. The Cavs still have plenty of time to fix this before the playoffs, but Cleveland currently ranks dead last in the NBA in defensive rating at 111.7. Compare that to last year's mark of 108.0 and 102.3 during the 2015-16 season, which ended in a championship parade. Call it too small of a sample size (10 games) if you'd like. Use the "LeBron James will turn it on come playoff time" argument. It's certainly not appropiate to panic yet, but head coach Tyronn Lue needs to do something to bring up the intensity on the defensive end following Sunday's 117-115 loss to the Hawks, which dropped the Cavs to 4-6 overall.
LeBron James, Cavs can't simply ignore major defensive issues until playoff time
Sporting News | Nov 6