The early struggles of the Cavaliers and Warriors – Will There Be a Rematch?

Jonathan Kim

The NBA reigning champions Golden State and the 3x Defending Eastern Conference Champions Cleveland Cavaliers have had their struggles during the course of their past seasons- but both seem to have had quite the rocky start in the 2017-2018 season.

The Warriors, after holding a quality 67-15 record and a 76% win average under head Coach Steve Kerr, have fallen to a dismal 4-3 record, 6th in the Western Conference, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, and Detroit Pistons after leading by double digits in two of the three games.

The Dubs currently hold a 4-3 record, although they have four all-stars: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

On the other hand, the Cavaliers have lost to four teams that had not made the playoffs as of last season: the New Orleans Pelicans, the Orlando Magic, the Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Knicks.

The average margin of loss of the Cavaliers is an astounding 16.8 points.  Their poor showings are often pointed to their dismal defense and their lack of urgency when the basketball game begins.  The Cavs currently stand at 3-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs and Warriors have played each other multiple times in the Finals, and the Warriors have won two of the three series.  If these teams plan to meet for another series, they better pick up their sense of urgency.