Cleveland Cavaliers Finally Starting to Live Up to Title-Level Expectations

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Throughout this year, we have seen many ups and downs with teams in the NBA. Teams like the Kings started strong before sputtering to another lottery season, while the Atlanta Hawks started with a mediocre 7-6 record before exploding to their current 40-8 record. Recently, we have begun to see Cleveland follow some of the latter team’s patterns, and have currently won an astounding ten in a row. The biggest explanation is the uptick that they have had on the defensive end, a result of a series of trades that allowed them to gain a strong interior defender in Timofey Mozgov and a solid perimeter defender in Iman Shumpert. The productivity on the defensive end of the floor has resulted in an improved offense. Since the return of LeBron in the lineup after his midseason injury, we have begun to see the Cavaliers truly begin to mesh and come together as a real contender, especially in the fairly weak Eastern Conference. This all centers around the fact that LeBron has trult been playing some amazing basketball. During this 10 game win streak, LeBron and Kyrie Irving have combined for 56 points a game with LeBron chipping in 6 assists and 6 rebounds a game. This team is heading toward consistency, something that is vital for any contender. That’s where we see teams that are strong like the Bulls struggle, as we can see them beat the best team in all of basketball, the Warriors, then losing to the Lakers, one of the worst teams currently, in the very next game. As Cleveland looks to the future, it has potential to be very bright, but they have to take it one game at a time right now.


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