NBA Overreaction Monday: Why We Can’t Compare Cavs To ’10 Heat

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Nov 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward

LeBron James

(23) looks on in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In our NBA overreaction Monday editorial, we prove that there’s no real correlation between the 2010 Miami Heat and the 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers 

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Beneath the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 5-7 start to the season lays a very overvalued narrative. One that is often parroted as a rebuttal in response to this team’s unimpressive start, but doesn’t make any sense.

It’s the go-to response, however. And it’s completely false.

The 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers are starting just like the 2010 Miami Heat. 

That Heat team — LeBron’s inaugural season in a Miami Heat uniform — opened that season with a 9-8 record. They would go on to win 22 of their next 24 games, or something like that. The bottom line is that they recovered mightily. The ’10 Heat would also go on to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. You know, before LeBron James drowned in the moment.

Although, if you look past the two team’s paralleled unimpressive starts to the season, there isn’t much left that makes the two squads comparable. Sure, there’s the common factor of them both being LeBron’s teams but other than that, there’s little-to-no substance in similarities.

And here is why you simply can’t compare the 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2010 Miami Heat.