The Cleveland Cavaliers had won 11 of their last 13 games, were 30-11 on the season (despite Kyrie Irving missing much of the year), and were the clear best team in the East. So why was coach David Blatt fired on Friday?
For two reasons: Golden State and San Antonio.
As evidenced by losses to those teams in the last week, the Cavaliers were clearly not playing on the level of the two elite teams in the West. And make no mistake the Cavaliers are in win-now mode. They want LeBron James to help deliver titles to Northeast Ohio, their window is open, and they want to jump through it.
Whether new coach Tyron Lue can lead the Cavaliers to that promised land — particularly this season. But that is the goal in Cleveland.