It hasn’t exactly been a stellar start to the 2018-19 season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After seeing LeBron James leave the team to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, the Cavaliers have lost their first four games entering Thursday’s contest with the Detroit Pistons. However, according to TMZ, fans could’ve purchased tickets to Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets for $2.00 on Flash Seats.
The seats were in the 200 level of Quicken Loans Arena, but in this day and age, it’s hard to find tickets for a professional sporting event that are this cheap. Considering what parking and concessions cost, Cleveland fans could’ve had a night out at the game for a very inexpensive cost.
TMZ also points out that the Cavaliers don’t draw the way that they used to when James was on the team. In fact, the Lakers are set to host the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center on Thursday and the cheapest tickets are $95.00 on StubHub. Those tickets are in the 300 level, which is the highest level in the Staples Center.
Of course, the product on the court wasn’t exactly something that Cleveland fans would’ve wanted to witness in person. The Nets came away with a 102-86 win over the Cavaliers while only shooting 43.7 percent from the field on the night. Brooklyn did have six players finish in double figures and outscored Cleveland 38-17 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead that never wavered in the final quarter of play. It also didn’t help matters that the Cavaliers shot just 38.2 percent from the field and missed 15 of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc.
It’s safe to say that it’s been an ugly start to the season following the departure of James. Obviously, when a team loses the best basketball player on the planet, it’s hard to replace that type of production overnight.
The Cavaliers are committed to utilizing a large majority of their veterans to get the job done and that all starts with All-Star forward Kevin Love. However, Cleveland is without Love’s services in Thursday’s game against the Pistons as the veteran forward is dealing with an ankle injury and Channing Frye started in his place. In the team’s first four games, Love has put together averages of 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting just 29.2 percent from long-range.
It’s obviously very early in the season, but it appears that the Cavaliers could have a long way to go in an attempt to become a team that can go back to the NBA Finals. Cleveland is going to have to continue to rely on their veteran group to lead by example or Quicken Loans Arena may have several cheap ticket options available to fans throughout the season.