What the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing this season is simply fantastic. If you’ve been a fan of this team over the years, riding the highs and lows with and without a one LeBron James or even been a fan going further back, like me, when the team was running out mediocre teams year in and year out before we were saved by the King, then this season has been by far a thrilling experience.
How many miserable seasons have we all tried to watch in cheering on our club because they had “Cleveland” written across their jerseys and you wanted them to represent the best of our city?
When James helped lead the charge and grab that elusive title in 2016 it felt like a dream come true. After the last four seasons since it was back to the drawing board and the city, and the team were simply trying to move on from what was lost when James went to California.
That’s why the momentum that these new Cavaliers are creating, seemingly on the fly, is why this whole experience has been sensational. We look forward to watching this team play.
Now on Saturday night, when the team was struggling against the Oklahoma City Thunder in their last game of a six-game road trip, it looked like this team, that had just gone 4-1 on the trip and had pulled off three wins in a row, had simply run out of gas. Down18 points, with half of the third quarter gone, things seemed bleak. But the young players started making a hoop here and hoop there, their point guard Darius Garland awoke and finished with 27 points and a career-high 18 assists, and wouldn’t you know it, the team mounted one of their best comebacks of the season winning 107-102 going away.
There are so many reasons for all of this happening this season, none bigger and taller than the rookie post player Evan Mobley. But then you also add in other post players Jarrett Allen, who records a double-double practically every night, Lauri Markkanen who hit a huge three-pointer late in the Thunder win, Garland’s spectacular play and throw in well-aged and yet young in spirit and talented Kevin Love knocking down a three-point shot at any moment, and this story can’t get much better.
Let’s try to knock down a few three-pointers ourselves now and discuss some “big questions” with this current hot streak.