It is just the beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are already in panic mode.
The Cavaliers own a 4-6 record, a far cry of their expectations. Recently signed guard Dwyane Wade called out the Cleveland starters for their performance during their loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Dwyane Wade: "I want one time for the first unit to get on the second unit because we blew a lead. I’m waiting for that day to happen."— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 5, 2017
Wade has received a lot of criticism for his comments given his play and role with the team thus far, but one person has his back -- one of the targets that Wade's statement was directed toward: Kevin Love.
Love listened to these comments, and he agreed completely that the starters need to step up their game. Here is what the power forward said during an interview with the media.
"I saw what Dwyane said. He's exactly right. It would be nice if we were able to get on the second unit one time for giving something up but that hasn't been the case. ... We just can't keep putting ourselves in a situation like that."
Both Wade and Love make a valid point, and that's it has been extremely uncharacteristic of the Cavaliers starters to either blow a lead or keep up with their opponents. With the likes of LeBron James, Love, Jae Crowder, JR Smith, and Derrick Rose on the starting lineup, you wouldn't expect their to be struggles in Cleveland.
Yet, here we are.
New story: Cavs update on Love/Shumpert returning to practice and the team still scratching its head over poor start https://t.co/KDj5NpfCq0— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 6, 2017
For Cavaliers fans, they're hoping the criticism from Wade will light a fire under the team, as they look to break out of their skid on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.