It’s no question that the Cavs did not have an ideal start to this season, but with new players and guys playing new roles it should have been expected. The Cavs began the season 3-6 and it seemed as the team was very frustrated and unable to gel with one another. However, on November 6th everything changed when LeBron James made a simple post on his Instagram account.
“Mood” was the only word in James’ caption on a photo of Arthur’s fist, a meme that became widely popular in the summer of 2016. After this was posted, things began to change for the entire Cavs team. They’ve started to play very well, winning six of their last 7 games, including the last five in a row. It wasn’t just on the court that the Cavs seemed to play more like a team, it was also on social media. Other players on the team including JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Tristan Thompson also posted pictures of Arthur on their Instagram.
The Cavs slow start is now just a thing of the past as the team continues to move forward and play better. We even got the see the Cavs put on an absolutely dominating performance against the Pistons Monday night where they beat them 116-88. The narrative that the Cavs are not as good this year or LeBron may finally be regressing can be thrown away because the Cavs are now playing to the potential we all expected.
Slow starts in the NBA happen very regularly, and while frustrating at times, usually do not last that long as shown with the Cavs this season. The Cavs are playing well and more importantly having fun doing it. As we’ve seen since LeBron’s return in the summer of 2014, the team plays better when they are having fun.
Expect the Cavs to continue their winning ways as the month of November continues as they have favorable matchups against the Nets, Hornets, 76ers, Heat, and Hawks to finish off the month. With the Cavs continuing to win and Isaiah Thomas expected to be back within the next month things are really looking up for the Cavs as they look to make another run at an NBA Title.
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