Is it time for Cleveland Cavaliers fans to panic?
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Is it time for Cleveland Cavaliers fans to panic?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to have an easy road back to the NBA Finals. Instead, the Cavs started the season 4-6 and show no signs of improving. With injuries already affecting the team and the players’ effort constantly in question, some say Cavaliers fans should hit the panic button. But others argue that it's still early in the season, the team can recover from its injuries and get its edge back later in the season when games actually matter. What do you think? 🏀

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LeBron James can say whatever he wants about it being early in the season, but the Cavaliers are in trouble. The roster may have some big names, but the players have collectively been unable to meld together as a unit on defense. That side of the floor isn't something that's easily correctable. Even if schemes improve, the effort has to be there as well. And there is no sign that it will happen. 

Here's the Ringer's Kevin O'Connor with more when the Cavs started the season 3-4:

It has been only seven games, but you could already assemble a compilation of Cleveland transition defense lowlights. It’s not just the half court, either. The roster is fundamentally flawed. Despite the additions of Crowder and Green, they still have too many weak spots on defense. Wade and Rose haven’t played consistently competitive defense for multiple seasons. Korver moves his legs as quickly as he can, but it’s all for naught (even rookie Frank Ntilikina drove by him with ease Sunday). Smith’s spunk wore off last season. Thompson looks complacent (on Sunday, he finished with zero boards in 19 minutes). LeBron hasn’t played regular-season defense in years, and it’s as if the rest of the roster follows his example.Veterans Jose Calderon (36 years old) and Channing Frye (34) aren’t providing any answers, either. Neither are rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic. The Little Guy, Isaiah Thomas, certainly won’t help their defensive issues, whenever he ends up returning to the floor. The bottom line is that Cleveland is old, and plays like it. Even if the Cavs begin giving effort, it’s hard to imagine that a backcourt featuring Wade, Rose, and Smith will be able to sustain that energy over a 48-minute game.

Every NBA fan loves to say basketball doesn't matter until the playoffs, and yet everyone wants to look at a team with early season struggles like it's time to pack it up after just 10 games. It's not where you start, it's where you finish. Veteran teams know they need to peak at the end of the season to be successful in the playoffs, not in November or December. 

Here is Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today with more:

Is it time to make bold, sweeping proclamations about what this means long term for Cleveland? Of course not. The season is too long, and Cavs superstar LeBron James has played too many seasons – now in his 15th and trying to reach his ninth Finals, including eight consecutive – to get too worked up about a slow start.

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It’s not easy working in a new starting point guard to replace Kyrie Irving and finding the right lineups for Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert with mainstay starters Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Remember, Isaiah Thomas is expected to return around Jan. 1.

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There is plenty of time for Cleveland to improve.
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