CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As the Cavaliers head into the NBA playoffs this weekend, the team insists there was no disinterest in the regular season. The team just believes those regular season games won't mean much in the end.
But there's a danger in that way of thinking, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin admitted Wednesday night.
"Sure," Griffin said, prior to the regular season finale against the Toronto Raptors. "I think we've treated the regular season as something where we can flip a switch -- most of that brought on by injuries and changing lineups -- but I'd be lying if I didn't say there's reason for concern."
Griffin added more two players Wednesday -- guard Dahntay Jones and 7-foot 3-inch center Edy Tavares -- the Cavs' 21st and 22nd signings of this season.
Add the 40-plus games that J.R. Smith missed, and the 20-plus games that Kevin Love missed, and it's understandable that chemistry and consistency have been an issue. But Griffin, while concerned, doesn't believe the defending champs are more vulnerable than they were a year ago.
"Not if we're the 'good' version of us," he said. "We'll be better."
He said the team is more talented than it was at this time last year.
"Damn, we're good when we put ourselves there," he said. "I hope that's what we do."