CANTON,Ohio- The Cleveland Cavaliers had a very busy week. It started with one of those stupid home and away series with Milwaukee and finished up with a loss in the Motor city. So, without further ado, let’s begin the review process.
Cavs vs Bucks- (Tuesday, Dec 20th, 2016)- Let’s just say that the first butt kicking Cleveland took a few weeks earlier at the hands of the Bucks was a wakeup call. It took an extra period, but the Cavaliers got the job done. Kyrie Irving went as far as to say that they took that first loss in Milwaukee personally. If that’s what you have to do to get the engines going, then go ahead. LeBron James led the way with 34 points, not to mention a 3 pointer from Lambeau field. Very impressive! Cavs take care of the Bucks 114-108.
Bucks vs Cavs- (Wednesday, Dec 21st, 2016)- The Bucks are in Cleveland for the first time this year. Though the score was 113-102, the game wasn’t that close. Based on what I was seeing, the Cavaliers wanted to make sure the Bucks knew their place. Irving led Cleveland with 31 points. The Cavaliers now lead the season series 2-1. There’s a possibility that these two teams could see each other in the playoffs.
Nets vs Cavs- (Friday, Dec 23rd, 2016)- This game had blowout written all over it. The Brooklyn Nets might be in worse shape than the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. That’s saying a lot to, considering the Browns have only won one game so far in 2016. At least they have draft picks in next year’s draft. Getting back to basketball. 119-99 was the final from the Q in downtown Cleveland. It’s safe to say that the Nets are just awful.
Warriors vs Cavs- (Sunday, Dec 25th, 2016)- This game was circled on the calendars of both teams. The game lived up to the hype. But I will have to say this. Cleveland played very sloppy. Golden State led most of the game. The warriors shot 48% from the field. Cleveland? Only 38%. Here’s a shocking stat for you. The Golden State Warriors only shot 30% from deep. The Cavaliers weren’t much better. Only 34%. Cleveland out rebounded the Warriors 60-51. The biggest statistic was the turnover department. Golden State committed 19 while Cleveland turned the ball over 12 times. Golden State had a double-digit lead with a little over 5 minutes left. That’s when James, Irving, Love and even Richard Jefferson took over. The Cleveland Cavaliers escape with a 109-108 victory. But here’s a side question for you. How does Richard Jefferson get hit with a technical foul for dunking the ball and staring down Kevin Durant? NBA players constantly stare down their opponent after they dunk on them. I’m not saying I’m a fan of it cause I’m not, but Durant was doing that all game long. Just another example of how bad NBA officiating is. Also, I was pretty surprised James did not get hit with a technical foul for hanging onto the rim, for what seemed like a good 10 seconds. That should have been called.
Cavs vs Pistons- (Monday, Dec 26th, 2016)- Cleveland looked spent from the game before. No LeBron in this game. Detroit came out and played like they wanted this game more. 106-90 was the final from the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons shot 44%. Detroit also shot 57% from long range compared to Cleveland, who only shot 39% from deep.
PREVIEW- The Cleveland cavaliers record entering this week is (23-7)- (Home record-16-2)-(Road record-7-5). Cleveland currently sits as the top seed in the Eastern conference. Cleveland has the third best overall record in the NBA behind the Warriors and Spurs.
Celtics (18-13) vs Cavs- (Thursday, Dec 29th, 2016)- This should be a game that comes down to the final play. Boston is a good team. Besides the game, itself. It seems like everyone is waiting to see if the Boston Celtics make a major trade to try and make themselves better prepared to play Cleveland and Toronto in the East and Golden State and the Spurs in the West.
Cavs vs Hornets (17-14)- (Saturday, Dec 31st, 2016)- The Cavaliers hope to be celebrating New Year’s Eve with a win over Charlotte. It won’t be easy though. The Hornets are 10-6 at home, but the Hornets play very well at home. They’ll be looking for their first win over Cleveland this year. The Cavs have won both meetings so far, this year.
FINAL THOUGHT’S- The injury to J.R. Smith is a huge loss for Cleveland. It takes away a shooter from Irving and James. Opposing teams will take more chances on doubling LeBron and Kyrie when they’re on the floor separately. Richard Jefferson, DeAndre Liggins, James Jones and Iman Shumpert will have to step up. Smith isn’t expected back until the end of the year. After that, he’ll need time to get into game shape. J.R. will have to do that on the court in playoff games.
Finally, I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very happy new year for 2017. Please be safe wherever you go and enjoy the time you get to spend with the people you love. Take the time to appreciate the people who love you. Please don’t make a bad decision that could affect the people around you or even worse, people you may not know. Yes, I’m talking about drunk driving or anything along those lines. And last but certainly not least, I can’t thank all of you! Yes, the people that take time out of their day to read my articles. I hope that they are an easy read. I hope that in some ways, I may educate you. But I hope most importantly, that you all enjoy my work. I put a lot of time and effort into my articles. My articles are nothing without your views. I can’t thank you all enough! So, here’s to an even better 2017 for everyone!
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis