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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 2:30 pm  |  15 responses

Kyrie Irving Confident that Cavaliers Can Make the Playoffs


When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami, the Cavaliers were left for dead by most observers. Kyrie Irving’s emergence has given Cavs fans reason for hope again, and the young point guard thinks his team has a good shot at qualifying for the postseason in 2013. From ESPN Radio (via SRI): “Whether the team is more motivated because people outside of Cleveland aren’t expecting much from the Cavs: ‘Absolutely, absolutely. At the beginning of last year nobody had any expectations and going into the All-Star break we were sitting in the eighth seed or fighting for the eighth seed. I feel like we can definitely compete with everybody and we have some tremendous wins last year that kind of get overlooked and we’re always going to be overlooked since LeBron left but it’s time to move forward and we’re going to continue to move forward with the team that we have and we’re going to continue to get better every single day.’ [...] ‘I have high hopes for us. Obviously our number one goal is to make the playoffs this year and we’re definitely going to attain that as long as we continue to get better and as long as we compete every single night. Last year, like I said, we had a few limitations but when we were playing those good teams, especially in the second half of the season not having the pieces we needed to compete every single night with the best, it definitely hurt us but this season we added some new pieces and I feel like everybody is definitely taking that next step and getting better as a pro. I’m really excited to get the thing started. I’m healthy, Andy is healthy, Dion (Waiters) is healthy so I’m just happy to see where this thing can go.’”

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  • J.C.

    Ah well, at least he didn’t declare that they were the team to beat and could win a championship like everyone else in the league has been doing. Getting pretty tired of those headlines aye.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Kyrie know something we dont?

  • spit hot fiyah

    They have a legit shot, i Think a lot depends on how good waiters will be

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I think a mid to early lottery pick in next years draft could be the last piece this team needs to really contend to go deep in the playoffs year after year. As far as this year goes, they have a solid squad no doubt, but I just don’t see them getting by Bulls, Hawks, Bucks, Wiz or Pistons for that 7th/8th spot.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Who will take their team to the play offs faster.:: Irving or Wall?

  • Max

    Kyrie

  • Max

    Not yet Kyrie not yet.

  • showtime

    Wall

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    John has a better team. If he doesn’t do it within 2 years, there is something majorly wrong.

  • Kels

    Bulls are not going to the playoffs this year. sorry.

  • RKJ92

    LOL PISTONS!? <3

  • daBIZ

    Agreed. Kyrie’s health is probably the most important thing though. The young fella has spent a lot of time in street clothes. Just saying.

  • daBIZ

    good question. i think we’ll have our answer this year. wizards, cavs, bucks, and raptors will all compete for the 8 seed.

  • daBIZ

    Kyrie is clearly the better player right now though.

  • neaorin

    Unfortunately they aren’t talented enough this year to sustain a playoffs challenge. But they should be a fun team to watch.

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