CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cavaliers are 9-5. Who observed that coming and fans are buzzing!
Hey, Terry: This Cavs team reminds me of the early phases of the Mark Price/Brad Daugherty period. A roster of intelligent, rough, accountable players. Are we in the early phases of one more fun era of Cavs basketball? – Matthew Graham
Hey, Terry: What is your experience on this sort of a younger crew with grit and so much energy? They push the ball and refuse to back down – Jim Rogers.
Hey, Terry: How lengthy do you imagine this workforce can continue profitable before coming again down to Earth? How prolonged right before the extra knowledgeable groups in the East get it collectively and/or groups figure out how to defeat the Cavs’ “tall ball”? I like this staff, but they still appear to be a couple many years from contention. – Scott Stein
Hey, Scott, Jim and Matthew: A several details:
1. I really don’t sense as self-confident about the Cavs as I did a week ago. Collin Sexton’s knee damage (a torn meniscus) is a major deal. He will almost certainly be struggling with some sort of surgical procedure. That suggests he won’t be back again in the small term. This is a workforce that has couple men who can produce their possess pictures. Darius Garland and Evan Mobley now grow to be the top rated scoring possibilities, alongside with Ricky Rubio.
2. Jarrett Allen can rating in the small write-up, but you have to get him the ball. Sexton struggled this period, and I ponder if his knee experienced been bothering him for a whilst. At his greatest, Sexton would be the suitable sixth person off the bench supplying instant offense.
3. The Cavs are playing without having a celebrity. They are unselfish. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has offered them on participating in defense. They ranked No. 9 in enabling points (104) and No. 15 in defensive field purpose and 3-level taking pictures share. This is a huge improvement over past Cavs groups. It requires incredible exertion to proceed taking part in that way.
4. The Cavs are scoring 105 points a evening, that ranks 21st in the NBA out of 30 groups. The average NBA team is at 109 per match.
5. All that mentioned, I appreciate how they play. I enjoy the rebounding. I really like the ball motion. I love the lack of egos showing up on the court. I like how they have responded to Rubio and how Mobley relishes actively playing defense. The NBA has a stat named…