The 2018-19 season was one of the most challenging for the Cleveland Cavaliers in recent memory. Here are three, major disappointments.
The obituary for the Cleveland Cavaliers 2018-19 campaign isn’t positive. “The Cavaliers season passed away far to young, with real playoff hopes ending in December,” it might start. In reality, the possibility of the postseason ended when Kevin Love underwent toe surgery in November.
Injuries popped up throughout the ensuing months as Cleveland muddled through what quickly turned into a rebuilding year. A couple of young players struggled and a coach was canned. Nobody blossomed into a surprise star. Those are the kind of things that typically happen in a 19-63 season.
Cavs fans are left praying for lottery luck while the front office seeks new leadership after mutually parting ways with head coach Larry Drew.
Apart from this news and a ceremonial retirement of Channing Frye, Cleveland’s final month hardly made headlines over the season’s final few weeks.
Some may have entered the year with low expectations. Those were fulfilled. Anyone hoping for a fifth straight playoff appearance is left disappointed. Speaking of disappointments, there was a handful of those throughout the year for Cavs fans.
Three specifically stand out. Cleveland entered the year with tepid expectations, but fans still expected development from certain players and maybe even a respectable record. Some of those players came through, taking major steps forward. But here is where the squad fell short.