MX23RW : Monday, July 26 14:10:38| >> :600:6242920:6242920:

David Blatt plays down favourites tag

David Blatt insists that he is not taking notice of people labelling the Cleveland Cavaliers as favourites to win the NBA title this season.

David Blatt has insisted that the Cleveland Cavaliers being labelled as favourites to win the NBA title counts for nothing ahead of the new season.

After battling injuries on the way to losing 4-2 in the finals against the Golden State Warriors last season, many believe that LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving can deliver a first title to Cleveland in the trio's second year together.

However, Blatt claims that he still does not know how good his team can be as Irving and Iman Shumpert remain on the sidelines with injuries.

"All the predictions and prognostications, it doesn't mean a whole lot," he told reporters. "Right now we are not as of yet a full team, so it's hard for me to tell you what we are.

"I know what I think we can be and certainly we can be a contender, but beyond that today? I don't think we got the right to talk too, too much about more than that. We'll take it one day at a time."

The Cavs start their season against the Chicago Bulls next Tuesday.

ID:253683: cacheID:253683:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:2180:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Read Next:
Kevin Love: 'I am ready to step up'

rhs 2.0
Olympic medal table header
CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States73414
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia45312
Great BritainGreat Britain3317
Today's Olympic highlights header

Monday's key events

· Jonny Brownlee will look to make the most of his brother Alistair's absence as he goes for gold in the men's triathlon (10.30pm-1am)

· Team GB get their campaign underway with two matches, against Canada and Japan (from 1.30am)

· One of Team GB's biggest gold medal hopes, Adam Peaty, will take part in the 100m breaststroke final. (3.12am)
· Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky go head to head for gold in the women's 400m freestyle final (3.20am)

· Tom Daley and Matty Lee take part in the men's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

· The men's team final takes place (11am)

> Today's schedule in full
-(578:50) NO SAVED VALID SPORT!!!!:14:

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!