7. Cleveland Cavaliers
On Friday against the Bucks and on Saturday against the Magic, Cleveland played two games that tell you exactly where they are at. In a win against the Bucks, team picked apart Milwaukee’s length and won decisively against one of the East’s sleeper teams. And then on Saturday, at home against Orlando, they were shot off the court and got almost nothing out of players not named LeBron James and Kevin Love. In particular, Dwyane Wade is struggling to adjust and the team is working to find a new identity. Not having Derrick Rose hurt too on Saturday, as Jose Calderon was unplayable even against a team as bad as the Magic.
But the Cavs have time to figure it all out. Their schedule over the next few weeks features a number of the league’s worst teams. They don’t play anyone that’s a lock for the playoffs until the Wizards on Nov. 3. That’s a lot of time to make things better.