Do the Cavs have your attention yet? They certainly have the attention of ESPN analysts Kendrick Perkins. “Perk” is a former Cleveland Cavalier and 2008 NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics. Wednesday night, Perk tweeted, “Usher better start using his Cavs courtside tickets again in Cleveland now, so he doesn’t look like a supreme bandwagon fan later on because the new revolution has arrived! The young Cavs are a pack of dogs!”
Many felt the Cavs real adversity was going to come because of the injury to Collin Sexton. But the Cavs have been 12-8 since his season-ending injury.
Ironically, however, the young Cavs’ toughest test is on the heels of a five-game winning streak. In those games, they have recently defeated the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, Miami Heat, and the Houston Rockets.
The Cavs are having fun, looking unstoppable on the court and receiving increased attention around the league. The challenge is facing teams that will be gunning for them, seeing them as a threat. I believe the Cavs are about to see everyone’s A-game in the days ahead.
Wednesday night the Cleveland absolutely punished Houston 124-89 in Cleveland. The Rockets have been hot as of late, winning seven of their last ten. This wasn’t intimidating at all to the Cavs’ young, up, and coming squad.
After Wednesday’s win against the Rockets, the Cavs improve to 8-2 in the last 10 games. Their overall record is now 18-12 in the win-loss column, 4th in the Eastern Conference.
Versus the Rockets Wednesday, the Cavs continued their incredible shooting, putting in 56% of their field goals, 18-40 from the three (45%). They even led the Rockets by as much as 45 points in the game.
Darius Garland led the Cavs with 21 points, shooting 7-11 from the field, 3-6 from downtown. Isaac Okoro scored 20 points for his second straight game. Dean Wade recorded a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds. He shot six of eight from the field. Overall, the Cavs played 13 players on their roster Wednesday night, all of them scored. Ricky Rubio did a fantastic job of getting everyone involved, dishing out 12 assists.
The Cavaliers’ next game is against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. ESPN’s matchup predictor gives the Cavs a 49.9% chance to beat the Bucks.
There is no doubt that the Cavs will get the best Milwaukee offers. However, the Bucks may not stand a chance if Giannis Antetokounmpo is still out due to Covid-19’s health and safety protocols and Kris Middleton out with knee issues.
The Cavs’ last loss came at the hands of the Bucks back on 12/6, and I feel the defending champ’s best won’t be enough against the red-hot Cavs in that game.
Tell us what you think. Do the Cavs have your attention yet? How long do you think the Cavs win streak will continue? Seven wins? 10 wins?
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