When the idea of a Big 3 in Cleveland finally came to fruition, the vast majority of the criticism directed at the new-look Cavs was pointed at the defensive end of the floor. It doesn’t take a genius to notice all the poor defenders on the Cavaliers roster. PG Kyrie Irving, SG Dion Waiters, and PF Kevin Love are the three main culprits.

Friday night in Boston, it was evident that first year head coach David Blatt’s Cavaliers still hadn’t figured it out.

The Wine & Gold gave up 31, 28, and FORTY -TWO points to the so-so Boston Celtics in consecutive quarters. It’s a bit disgusting to watch the Cavs play defense right now, as the season kicks into high gear. Every possession it seems as if a player on the opposition has a clear lane to the basket, an open jump shot, or can capitalize on a defensive break down.

Wait a second, let’s hold the phone.

Who won the game on Friday night in Boston? Yeah hang on, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers in an amazing come-from-behind win by a final score of 122-121.

Sure, the defense was horrible. Yes, there is plenty to work on. And of course, it took a little bit of luck. However, the thing that won the game was purely heart. Lead by LBJ, these young Cavaliers tend to thrive when the moment is biggest; exactly what a championship team needs. It was no exception Friday.

LeBron brings many years of experience, the knowledge of winning NBA titles, and most importantly he’s pretty good at the game. The King of Cleveland is able to teach the younger guys this mentality, and it already seems to be working.

Take the second game in Chicago when the Cavaliers hung on to win in overtime, 114-108.

How about a near comeback in Utah that just fell short due to an amazing buzzer beater by Gordan Hayward, 102-100.

Even coming back from down double digits to the New Orleans Pelicans, defeating them 118-111 at the Q.

And then of course, tonight. A magical comeback led by LeBron James’ 42 points. The Cavaliers stealing one, 122-121. The team only gave up 20 points in the 4th quarter.

Heart is not something that this team lacks. When it comes down to crunch time, the Cavaliers seem to be able to overcome the adversity that accompanies their notoriety. The defense has been poor for the majority of the season, but thankfully that’s something the coaching staff can teach.

On the other hand, you can’t teach heart. You either have it or you don’t. It’s not one coach or player, or even a “Big 3.” It’s the whole team that needs to have it in order to win a championship.

Heart will come into play each and every night. Once the playoffs hit, it’s truly going to make a difference.

These Cavaliers get up after being knocked down.

-Zach Shafron

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