Normally when one of your best players is rumored to miss the first two months of the season, the initial reaction is one filled with panic and worry. When that player happens to be Kyrie Irving, well, that all gets dialed up by roughly 20000 percent.
When the news hit that it was possible that Irving could possibly sit out until January while recovering from a knee fracture he suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, people began slowly creeping toward the panic button. It's okay to question Irving's health, but to worry about how this will affect the Cavs for this upcoming season is wasted energy.
There are plenty of reasons as to why this is all just an overreaction, but these three reasons will bring you back down to Earth and reimburse you with confidence.
The backup point guard problem from last year is gone
I understand being worried if Matthew Dellavedova were stepping into the starting role and replacing Irving, but that isn't the case. Mo Williams was brought to Cleveland in case of situations like this. Nothing against Dellavedova, but playing him 25-to-30 minutes a game is not ideal. It may work once every 10 games or so, but relying on it every game is a far-fetched solution.
Williams may be older, but he still is one of the better backup point guard options in the league. He's a pretty good spot-up shooter and has familiarity playing alongside LeBron James. He may not be as good as Dellavedova on the defense, but his upgrade on the offensive end is a significant improvement; something the Cavs needed in the NBA Finals.
Even when Irving comes back, Williams and Dellavedova will help him ease his way back into the linuep and can also help him lower his minutes from the year before, therefore limiting his chances of sustaining another injury and keeping him fresh come playoff time.
Remember last year?
In case you don't, the Cavs didn't play well for the first 29 games and miraculously made the finals. I'm not saying that October through December don't really mean anything, but they kind of don't. Those first 29 games last year was the no. 1 worst case scenario to the start of the season for the Cavs; Kevin Love rumors, David Blatt's hot seat and LeBron's midseason vacation.
Then, a few trades were made, LeBron starting caring and the Cavs shredded the league over the final 43 games of the season and eventually into the playoffs, until Love and Irving went down with injuries.
Even if Irving were to miss up until January, this year's first 20-plus games will be better than last, barring another injury. They bring back everyone from last year's Final team, minus Shawn Marion, and with Love signing a five-year extension this offseason, have no clouds over where he will be playing next year, because we do know the answer to that.
LeBron James still plays for the Cavs
That's very important because, well, he's the best player on the planet. He's the guy who single-handily won two games in the Finals against a fully healthy Warriors team, which is one of the best of all-time. He's also been to five straight Finals, something no non-Celtics player has done. That's how valuable it is having LeBron on your team.
What makes LeBron better than almost every other player, is that he has the ability to get the best out each and everyone of his teammates. I don't know if he has some sort of Jedi powers, but he makes every teammate play to the best of their abilities (except Dion Waiters). Just look at Dellavedova in the playoffs! James inadvertently made him a cult hero and national hero for a solid three days; something no other player could possibly do.
And in case you forgot, the Cavs were really good with James in the lineup last year and not good with out of the lineup. In fact, James net rating of plus-16.7 was nearly double the next highest on the Cavs. As long as LeBron is in the lineup, there should be no worries with the Cavs. Because if he can beat the best team in the NBA twice in six games with a damaged team, just imagine what he can do against lesser teams with at least one more healthy star next to him.