Blazers’ CJ McCollum: Cavs ‘One of the Worst Defensive Teams I’ve Ever Played Against’ (AUDIO)
It is no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers can be absolutely atrocious on defense at times, having the 21st ranked defense last season and the 2nd to worst defense this year. But just like last year, they are right there in the thick of things to get back to the NBA Finals.
One person who saw that defense up-close and personal was CJ McCollum.
The Portland Trail Blazers guard recently stated on the latest episode of the Pull Up podcast that this season’s Cleveland Cavaliers are “one of the worst defensive teams I’ve ever played against.”
Which team makes you work harder: the Celtics or Cavs?
CJ: “Cleveland is one of the worst defensive teams I’ve ever played against, honestly.
“I think it’s just the spacing. They have a lot of players on their roster throughout the season, so terminologies not the same, the continuity isn’t always there.
“Think about how many players they’ve had on their roster the last 3 or 4 years. They’re literally in-and-out, new guys every year. So it’s hard to be on a string and be united as one when you have all that uncertainty on, ‘Hey, if things don’t go well, I might get shipped out.’
“So I think that’s one of the reasons why their defense has been up and down. But then when it’s time to lock in and focus on one team, their defense is a lot better.”
Listen to the audio here (starting at 12:06):