The Cavs need to win tonight against Boston to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals, but Colin thinks it’s a distant second in importance to what they have riding on the NBA Draft Lottery.
The vaunted “Brooklyn Pick” the Cavs received in the Kyrie Irving trade has only yielded 2 ping pong balls and around a 10% chance of landing one of the top three picks, but Colin thinks if Cleveland can get lucky and get a Top 3 pick it would drastically increase the chance LeBron stays this offseason from about even to maybe 75%.
Cleveland could use the pick to trade for a veteran to entice James to stay, or keep the pick if that’s what LeBron wants. Either way, what happens in the lottery tonight will have far more long term ramifications for the Cavs as a franchise and Cleveland as a city than what happens against the Celtics tonight.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 15, 2018