Middle, I think this is a key distinction in where our opinions differ, because you're clearly much higher on IT's actual value than I am: I would say that 2010-11 MVP season Derrick Rose is a significantly better player than 2016-17 Isaiah Thomas and as we saw then, was completely swallowed by the Heat's perimeter D (which was admittedly miles better than the Cavs).
I find your distinctions about age to be unimportant. Young teams can win and the difference between 25 and 29 isn't meaningful. That said, if are matters to you and we're to belabor my comparison of the 10-11 Bulls to this year's Celtics, then this year's Cavs are more "experienced" than that Heat team as well, having actually won a title.
BOOGIE IS A PELICAN I NEED A MOMENT
Still feeling it?
Since the trade they lost all but
-a game that he was suspended and didn't play
-a game that he fouled out
-a game that he was benched in the stretch
-a game where he shot 9-22 from the floor, 0-5 from 3P and 4-10 from the stripe but POR as a team couldn't put it in the ocean
They went from 2.5 out of the last playoff spot to 6 back since adding him.
It's obviously all 3, but I'm leaning more towards Alvin Gentry is a bad coach than flawed personnel chemistry and learning curve in the blame equation. Never been a fan of Gentry.