The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the most surprising NBA teams last season.
Needless to say, adding Donovan Mitchell to their already-impressive roster only made them more of a threat.
The young Cavs are proving that last year’s success wasn’t a fluke, being one of the most consistent teams in the Association.
Even so, coach J.B. Bickerstaff is fully confident in his team’s ability to go toe-to-toe with the strongest teams in the league:
“I believe we can play with these teams,” Bickerstaff said after the loss. “I think we did enough to give me confidence in that, I think we waited too long to believe we could. You allow a team to get out to a lead like we did, it’s going to be extremely difficult and you have to be almost perfect. But you look at the second half and we outscored them both quarters.”
“We just have to believe and I know it to be true like no matter the opponent, we’re capable of winning, we’re capable of beating them. But those are the things you have to go through,” the coach added.
The Cavs are a young team, so some growing pains are to be expected.
But they need to believe that they have what it takes to beat the best teams on Earth if they want to be a legit threat in the postseason.
Fortunately, they sure have more than enough confidence in their skills.