LeBron James‘s current frustration doesn’t take a Woodward or Bernstein to uncover. The best basketball player in the world (sorry KD, sorry Steph) is being totally honest about it. James says he “hopes [the Cavs] aren’t satisfied” and called his team “not as good” as last year, personnel-wise. “Top -heavy” is another James description of his Cavaliers, who after losing J.R. Smith find themselves mired in mediocrity, having won just four of their last ten games.
The Cavs still top the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a strong start. In second place are the faltering Toronto Raptors, currently on a five-game losing streak. Just 3.5 games back of the Cavs lurk the Boston Celtics, a game group led by the tireless guard tandem of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, plus seasoned winner Al Horford at center. The Celtics, decidedly not top-heavy, have five players averaging double-digit scoring. (We’re counting Marcus Smart‘s 9.9 ppg.) The NBA season is just past its real midway point. The Celtics were ranked #4 overall by oddsmakers before the NBA season began. They’re still third in the Eastern Conference odds, but moving up fast.