Below are my three New Year's wishes for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.
1. Injury-free Kyrie Irving
Were Kylie Irving's injuries this past year a fluke?
A concussion, broken hand, broken finger and a broken jaw; all of those could happen to anyone, really. It's not like he has bad knees or ankles.
That's why I don't consider him close to being injury prone. But that also doesn't mean I don't hope his overall health will improve in 2013.
Irving is a superstar. No if's, and's, or but's about it. He is the second-best point guard in the league behind only Chris Paul.
Without Irving on the court, the Cavs aren't much better than the Canton Charge; we saw that in 2012. A healthy Kylie Irving demonstrates the potential of this team moving forward. Something I'm looking forward to seeing unfold.
2. The continued development of Tristan Thompson
When Tristan Thompson sealed the win against the Washington Wizards with a three-point play recently, I said to myself, "has he finally figured it out?" Thompson ended December with five double-doubles in his last six games and started to look like a top five draft pick.
He's been going up strong to the rim and without hesitation; something he had trouble doing before. And with Anderson Area still out, Thompson will continue to get this chance.
This team needs him almost as much as Irving if they want to turn into a contender. He will never be a guy they run plays for or have much of a jumper. But he is a guy I feel can develop into a 15 and 10 player along with being a strong defender.
I remember Byron Scott saying they didn't draft Thompson for his offense. Well, on this team they need all the offense they can get. I think we might see Thompson develop that in 2013. Something I'll definitely need for my third wish
3. How about some W's?
I hate losing. Whether it is my favorite team, fantasy football or video games; it stinks.
Being a Cleveland fan doesn't help. I'll admit, for the last two seasons, I almost welcomed the losing because I knew this team needed top draft picks. They needed an infusion of young talent after Lebron James went to Miami and the lottery was where to find those players.
They have that with Irving, Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. But I had some hopes for this season. Not playoff hopes, but at least better than this. The Cavaliers have losses, home losses, to the Raptors and Kings.
At some point, we have to start beating those teams. I really don't know what to pin the losses on, either. I'm not ready to blame Byron Scott yet because after looking at this season so far, the front office didn't help him much.
Maybe it would be their horrific bench play. I'll go with that. But this losing is getting old.
Luckily, the fans haven't turned on the team. Yet. Intelligent fans know this team would need time to bounce back and they are giving it to them. But I'm not too sure how much longer they will wait.
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