Thursday, December 11, 2008
Don't look now
The Cavs, somewhat under the radar, are practically running away with the Central Division in the early going of the NBA Season.
Generally speaking, my sports affinities go in this order
It is pretty easy then to see why I am often pessimistic about life. But lo and behold the Cavs are putting together an impressive season so far.
Here's my take on things. In past years LeBron has carried the load. Even when we've won, he has had to go 35-40 minutes and produce on high levels. This year Cleveland is 18-3 and Lebron has been able to sit out the 4th quarter in 6 out of the last 10 games. That means the team is clicking and LeBron is resting. That can only mean good things at the end of the season. LeBron will have plenty in the tank.
The Cavs are tough at home. They are the only team in the East that is undefeated at home through this point. What this means is that we must get homecourt advantage in the playoffs to have the best chance of returning to the finals.
They are shattering records. In one night LeBron set the all time steal record for the Cavs, Zydrunas Ilgauskas set the all time rebounding record for the Cavs and Cleveland became the first team in league history to defeat 9 straight opponents by 12 or more points. The are not only winning, but they are doing it convincingly and are getting the young guys some playing time.
It already looks like a 2 horse race in the East between the Celtics and the Cavs. All the focus is on the defending champ Celtics, but remember that the Cavs were about 3 plays away from beating them last year.
The key is going to be staying healthy. Key bench contributor Daniel Gibson just came down with an injury and is out for a couple weeks. I heard Z sprained his ankle last night as well. Can someone fill these guys shoes while they are out?
The Cavs are not only winning but they are winning at a near record pace. I have seen an article or two out there about a 70 win season!
So what do you think...Cavs, Indians or Browns the first team to bring a title to Cleveland in the last 50 some years?