What We Learned: Cavs vs Jazz
The Cavs put together another complete performance against the Jazz to win their 4th straight. The Cavs dominated both ends of the floor from start to finish. They’re finally turning into the team we all hoped they would be at the beginning of the season. Here’s what we learned.
• LeBron and Kyrie can have the flu and still dominate. LeBron was once again the best player on the planet, even while being sick. He finished the game with 26/9/7. Kyrie also played an outstanding game. He finished with 18 points while shooting an efficient 8-13 from the floor. Just imagine how ugly this one would’ve got if they were both feeling 100%.
• Everybody in the starting lineup can put up double digits. The Cavs did an excellent job of sharing the ball and getting everybody involved in the offense. The Cavs ended the game with 24 assists as a team. It was great to see the ball always moving. This is how Coach Blatt’s hybrid Princeton offense is supposed to be played. We saw just how dangerous our offense can be on Wednesday night.
• The Cavs’ win streak is because of their team defense. The Cavs held the Jazz to 41% shooting from the field tonight. That’s something you like to see as a fan. They’re showing effort the entire game on defense, not just in the 2nd half. The defense is the biggest reason why Cavs fans should be excited about this team.
• Timofey Mozgov is exactly what the Cavs needed. I knew that the addition of Mozgov would help us tremendously, but I didn’t realize he’d do this much for the Cavs. He dominated the glass and ended the game with 11 rebounds including 7 on the offensive end. He also carried his weight on the offensive end and finished with 16 points on 8-12 shooting. Mozgov can do it all. He may be the one piece that throws the Cavs over the edge and makes them title contenders.
The Cavs will be back in action Friday against Charlotte.