The Cleveland Cavaliers really are a hard team to figure out. Let Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (and for my money, the best newspaper beat guy covering the team) tell you as much.
I’m done trying to figure this team out.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) March 15, 2014
After being embarrassed on their home floor by the New York Knicks (which was their fourth straight loss), Cleveland went out west to take on the Phoenix Suns (who beat them on their home floor in December) and won behind a complete effort. And then the Cavaliers traveled to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors. And won after starting slow and falling behind by more than 20 points.
And Kyrie Irving only scored 16 points. Dion Waiters finished with 18 and Luol Deng shot 60 percent from the field. Make sense yet?
If anything, last night’s win – when paired with the win over the Suns – is anther indicator that the Cavaliers aren’t quite dead yet. They still are on the outside looking in, but with the Detroit Pistons still more than dysfunctional and the Cavaliers heading towards an easy end-of-season schedule, it’s not completely out of the question that the Cavaliers make the playoffs. (Did I really just write that sentence?
Of course, this really means the Cavaliers are going to lose by 30 against the Clippers on Sunday. But if you missed the Cavaliers game against the Warriors, you can view the full game highlights below. There are also two nifty plays from Irving – one a three-pointer and one a nasty crossover against Warriors guard Steve Blake.