What We Learned: Cavs vs Hornets

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The Cavs won their 5th straight game by destroying the Charlotte Hornets. The Wine & Gold completely overpowered the Hornets, and never gave them a chance. Here’s what we learned.

J.R. Smith may be a perfect fit for the Cavs. He had another great game on Friday night. He finished this one with 21 points all of which came from behind the arc. Smith has found a spot in the starting lineup, and I don’t see a way Shumpert is going to replace him. He has been a significant improvement over Waiters thus far. The Cavs needed someone that can catch and shoot, but Waiters refused to do that. Smith has accepted his role, and is a dangerous weapon on the floor. He’s the perfect complement to LeBron and Kyrie. I only hope this can continue.

Timofey Mozgov is a beast. I know I’ve written this the last couple games, but he really has impressed me. He has become the player we all hoped but didn’t actually believe the Cavs could get. He finished this one with 14 points on 4-5 shooting. And he got 10 boards. This guy is a double-double machine that can actually play defense!

LeBron can only play 26 minutes and still dominate. The Cavs need more games like this. It’s great to see the Cavs win games, while LeBron is playing under 30 minutes. And did I mention he had 25/9/5? Not a bad day.

Iman Shumpert looked great in the 10 minutes he played. The Cavs were cautious and didn’t want him to play too much in his first game back. He finished this one with 8 points on 3-3 shooting. I can’t wait to see what he can do when he’s able to play a full game!

Haywood can play over 10 minutes in a game. PUT HIM ON THE ALL STAR TEAM!

The Cavs are becoming scary good. This is the 5th straight game the Cavs have looked amazing. They are showing us why they could win the championship this year. The offense and defense both look great. You have to be willingly ignorant to not believe this team isn’t the favorite to win the East right now. If they’re playing like this, there’s no team out there that can beat them.

The Cavs will be back in action Sunday afternoon against the Thunder in Dion Waiters’ return to Cleveland. It should be a great one.

@B1G_JacksonF

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