When LeBron James Lost Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, He said ‘Next Man Up – No Excuses’ – and Yes – A few Men are Standing Tall!
Despite all their adversaries this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers believe in something and certainly they are not backing down and letting go of their believe. Like LeBron James has been heard saying a few times this year when his key team mates keep going down one of after the other, regardless of who they are.. you will hear him say ‘Next Man Up – No Excuses‘. and Yes a few men have stood up, and the key players excluding LeBron James who stepped up his game are: Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and definitely Matthew Dellavedova who did a great job on the MVP ‘Curry’ in the playoff final game 2.
According to NBA.com
The transformation of the Cleveland psyche has been remarkable ever since the return last summer of LeBron James.
When Anderson Varejao, an All-Defensive second-team center in 2009-10, was sidelined in December, the Cavaliers’ forthright reply was to acquire center Timofey Mozgov as well as Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to transform their defense and shooting.
They’ve gone 10-3 in the playoffs since All-Star power forward Kevin Love suffered a separated left shoulder in Game 4 of the first round. And on Sunday, they upset the top-seeded Warriors in spite of the season-ending knee injury of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Can this depleted team of role players rally around James to win Cleveland’s first championship since 1964 — against the deeper, healthier and altogether more elegant Golden State Warriors of MVP Stephen Curry, no less?
What will it mean if the Cavaliers are able to prevail? How will their long-suffering fans react to a championship delivered by this same prodigal son who walked out on them on live TV? It is a lot to process as Game 3 of the NBA Finals comes to Cleveland on Tuesday (9 ET, ABC).