Five Straight L’s But Five Games From The Top Seat In The East

The Cavs look to snap a five-game losing streak at home in their upcoming game, Saturday 11/27, against the Orlando Magic.

The Cavs have fallen to a 9-10 record after losses to the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets twice, Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns.

The season that started out promising is not lost.  Looking at the cup half full, the Cavs are only five games behind the number one seated Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference.

Plus, after 19 games last season, the Cavs were sitting at 5-14 in the win-loss column. Nevertheless, they are moving in a positive  direction this year. A shift in momentum could put them back among the top in the East.

The Cavs are also favored to win their next game and get back to a .500 record. According to ESPN’s basketball power index, the Cavs have a 79.4% chance of getting the W at home Saturday.

Another promising aspect of the Cavs season is the impressive play of guard Darius Garland. He has averaged 21.8 per game in the last five games. In addition, he’s the team leader in scoring at 18.2 points, assists at 6.8 and steals at 1.3 per game. Garland has quickly established himself as a solid floor general to lead this team.

The Cavs have also received reliable contributions from center Jarrett Allen. He has given the team 22.5 points, 13 rebounds per game since his return to the squad on 11/22 against the Nets and 11/24 versus the Suns. His season averages are 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. In my opinion, he is one of the most underrated players in the league.

Guard Ricky Rubio has also given the team impressive play. According to Espn.com, over the past 10 games, he has averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 assists per game.  Giving the Cavs a powerful one-two punch in the backcourt alongside Darius Garland.

As players continue stepping up and gelling as a unit this season, the Cavs can prove to be the sleeper team in the East.

Photo credit – @Cleveland.com

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