The Cleveland Cavaliers may well be at the top of the Eastern Conference but something isn't quite right with the team.
No one can really quite put their finger on it but the Cavs definitely need to switch up their mindset after losing three games out of their at one point this month as well as a "losing streak" of two defeats in a row, to the Raptors and Wizards.
Speaking to the media recently, both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving admitted that Cleveland were missing an enforcer on the roster, following the loss of Kendrick Perkins.
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Last year, the Cavs brought in Kendrick Perkins as they headed towards the playoffs. Despite not being as good as he once was, the Cavaliers benefitted from his physical style of play, the intimidation factor he brought and his presence in the locker room. LeBron admitted that much.
“Losing Perk was a big piece of our success last year, even with his limited minutes," James said to cleveland.com. "But what he meant to our team both in the locker room and when he got his opportunity was huge.”
Kyrie backed up James' comments, saying that having an enforcer on the team is a major key to success.
"[An enforcer], it's vital. It's vital. Having an enforcer like that, [someone] that has championship experience," Irving said.
"I don't think we just necessarily want an enforcer, but enforcers are always on championship teams," Irving added. "They have that one guy that we put into the game. That Boston series, it changed drastically just because of Perk going in."
Perkins was a monster for the Cavs in their series playoff series against the Celtics last year after Kevin Love's injuries.
It seems that the Cavaliers miss him both on the court and off it. If you need to see how much LeBron respected Perkins, just look at the picture below. It tells you all you need to know.