Two words that Cleveland fans haven’t been able to say much this 2019-2020 season. Cleveland beat Washington on the road, 113-108, in the first game since the all-star break and most-notably JB Bickerstaff’s first contest as head coach.
At 14-40 coming in and now 15-40, this team obviously isn’t thinking about the playoffs this year. However, this was the game that felt most like a team pushing for the playoffs the entire season.
The energy was back, led by PF Tristan Thompson off the bench and he was phenomenal on the defensive end. Collin Sexton had 25, Cedi Osman with 16, Darius Garland 15 and the rest of the team contributed, too. The Cavs trailed the majority of the game and finally took the lead midway through the fourth.
That’s the word to describe the way the team played against the Wizards. Of course, the guys are working on changing the culture post-Beilein and that started with the come-from-behind win against Washington.
What is noteworthy is that the Cavs play the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back. If say the Heat blowout the Cavs, none of this will really matter much. The team needs to take this win and continue to build on it moving forward.
Congratulations to coach JB on his first win as Cavs head coach. He really had an interesting substitution pattern and stuck with the “hot hands” throughout the fourth quarter, which ultimately led to the win.
Yes, it’s only one game and it would be unreasonable to get too excited about it. Frankly, after watching this team throughout the season and it is a refreshing change in how the squad played and most importantly FINISHED.
Continue to play spoiler for the rest of the season. Start to build that positive culture. Then, next season, maybe this team will be shooting for a playoff spot and not sporting the horrific record of this year’s team.
Let’s go Cavs!