CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 22: Kyrie Irving #2, LeBron James #23 and J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on during the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship victory parade and rally on June 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers have scheduled their playoff switch-flipping ceremony for downtown Cleveland on Friday afternoon, an event that is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people into the city. After LeBron James and head coach Tyronn Lue address the crowd, the players will all grab onto a giant novelty switch and flip it the other direction to show they will raise their games for the postseason.

“I think Cavaliers fans are ready for us to start playing championship basketball gain,” said Lue. “And the symbolic flipping of the switch exhibits our commitment to better effort and execution.”

After winning the NBA title last year, Cleveland has struggled through must of the season after getting off to a strong start. The Cavaliers closed the regular season 23-23 and lost their last four games and fell out of the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference.

“To be honest, it’s a little hard to maintain your effort when you know you’re going to get into the playoffs,” said forward Kevin Love. “The whole year we’ve just been waiting to get here and get back to work. It’s time to flip that switch and get going. I can’t wait to see how excited the fans are when they see that big switch go to ON.”

Yet other players fear the team won’t be able to so quickly turn things around and focus on the playoffs.

“I’m just saying, we’ve been a pretty bad team since Kyrie Irving said he believes the earth is flat,” said a player. “It’s hard for some of us to feel confident in the team when we know our point guard is one of the dumbest people alive.”


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