The Cleveland Cavaliers are terrible, but the team is also good.
And they’ve got one of the best frontcourts in the NBA in LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Here’s why they are so bad.
The Cavs’ Offense Doesn’t Exist.
After a disappointing start, the Cavaliers’ offense has exploded over the past month.
The Cavaliers rank sixth in the league in scoring (121.5 points per 100 possessions) and third in field goal percentage (43.6).
They rank fourth in field goals made (2.5 per game) and are fifth in 3-point percentage (40.5%).
They are shooting 55.1 percent from beyond the arc and 41.6 percent from deep.
James is averaging a career-high 27.4 points per game.
His 3-pointer is still a work in progress, but he’s shooting 51.6 from the field and is on pace for a career best 51.7.
The Warriors have been more than adequate for most of the season.
The Trail Blazers Have Struggled in the Last Three Games.
The Blazers have been terrible for much of the year.
They rank third in the conference in offensive rating and shooting 37.5 percent from the floor, which is fourth worst in the entire NBA.
Portland has struggled in the past two games and has lost three of its last four games.
In those losses, the Blazers have scored 107.0 points per contest and are shooting 46.4 percent.
Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum have been the best players on the floor for Portland this season, but they have not been a consistent factor offensively.
The Lakers Are In a Catch-22.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been bad since they drafted Russell Westbrook in 2014.
The team is currently one of five teams that have yet to win a playoff series.
The only team that hasn’t lost to the Lakers is the San Antonio Spurs.
Los Angeles has been terrible in the first round, going 6-30 in the postseason.
However, that hasn, in fact, been a trend.
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Lakers have only gone 3-9 in the second round.
The worst team to have a losing record in the playoffs in NBA history is the 1999-00 Lakers.
Los Angeles have gone 13-18 in the 2017-18 season.
They will be in a pick-and-roll and fast break league and that has led to turnovers and poor defensive play.
This team is not a playoff contender.
The Suns Will Be in a Catchy Catch-Up Game.
The Arizona Suns have a good shot at winning a playoff game this season.
Phoenix is one of three teams with a winning record in both conferences and is the only team to win at least 12 games each of the last two seasons.
The other two teams are the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.
Both of those teams play in the West.
The Jazz are one of two teams that will play in Los Angeles.
Phoenix’s road games this season have been played in Phoenix and the Staples Center.
If the Suns get to the conference finals, they will play at the Staples.
If they lose to the Blazers, they would face the Clippers.
If neither of those two teams make the conference semifinals, Phoenix will face the Spurs.
The Clippers have won six straight games, including a seven-game win streak against Phoenix.
The Thunder, Cavaliers, and Spurs are all 3-0 in the final month of the regular season, and they will be competing for a playoff spot.
If all three teams win, they could be the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
The Bucks Are in a Pick-Up Match-Up.
The Milwaukee Bucks have played very well over the last month, winning nine of their last 10 games.
Their offense has been a big reason for the success.
They are averaging 109.4 point per game and have made 43.7 percent of their shots from beyond three feet.
Their defense has been poor, ranking 19th in points allowed per possession (16.9) and 25th in field-goal percentage (41.7).
The Bucks have scored 102.4 per game over the two games.
The last time they lost by 30 points or more was February 25, 2017.
They’ll be in another matchup with a struggling Golden State Warriors team.
The Spurs Are Not in a Holdout Match-up.
The San Antonio Thunder have played a lot of basketball over the offseason, but most of it has been defensive and the Spurs are playing in a tough division.
The season series against the Warriors is one they haven’t won since 2008-09.
The teams last meeting was in 2017-2018, and the Thunder won 104-91.
They lost this year’s game by 19 points.
James Harden Is Struggling.
The Houston Rockets’ All-Star point guard has been one of NBA history’s best point guards for