LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers succumbed to another defeat last night in this young NBA season. A buzzer beater from Gordon Hayward secured a famous win for the Utah Jazz and left the preseason favorites staring at a 1-3 record.
Had it not been for a late flurry against the Chicago Bulls and an OT win the Cavaliers could have quite easily lost all four of their match ups so far.
Facing the critics
After such a high profile recruitment drive over the offseason with Kevin Love amongst those joining LeBron in his home state, the early struggles have left James and co open to criticism from some quarters, with some fans and analysts demanding more from the newly assembled set of stars.
LeBron James though has today countered the early season hysteria, taking to Twitter to echo the words of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers - telling those who take notice to "RELAX."
Rodgers of course famously told the Packers faithful to r-e-l-a-x last month in the aftermath of a loss to the Detroit Lions. Since that time Rodgers and Green Bay have won four from five and have recovered well from a slow start. James will be hoping the same can be said for his Cavaliers come the turn of the year.
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Having previously spoken about the Cavaliers' need to rid themselves of a losing mentality, as well as having words with fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving following the Jazz defeat, James is clearly keen to instil a sense of calm on a situation that could quite easily get out of hand.
The NBA season is a long one. An 82-game regular season means that, while early season losses are never accepted, they are not catastrophic. With games coming thick and fast Cleveland could very well be sitting on a 10-3 record in the blink of an eye.
Having said that, there are some obvious teething problems for the newly assembled roster. Rookie NBA coach David Blatt has seen a disjointed team on the court so far this season with a lack of cohesion leading to breakdowns on both sides of the ball.
Anyone willing to bet against the Cavaliers going deep in the playoffs after just four games of the season however is a very brave man.
Do what LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers, and Frankie goes to Hollywood before them told you, and relax.