What We Learned: Cavs vs Lakers

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The Cavs were finally able to snap their losing streak. There we’re times I felt the losing streak would never end. Hopefully this is the beginning of something big. Here’s what we learned:

J.R. Smith isn’t afraid to shoot the 3, even if he’s off. He was 3-10 from deep, but that didn’t deter him from shooting. So far, I like what Smith brings to the Cavs, but the jury is still out.

Blatt coached this game like it was a playoff game. He knew how important this game was, playing only 3 guys off the bench. The embattled coach may be beginning to realize he’s on a short leash. I believe he labeled this one as a must win. Stay tuned.

Kyrie always plays better on national TV. Irving loves playing on the big stage, always seeming to step up his game. His best games of the year came against the Knicks and Rockets, both of which were on national TV. He had an efficient 22 points on 9-16 shooting. I hope he can have another big game tonight against the Clippers, which is also on national TV.

Kevin Love is a warrior. He battled through back pain the entire game. At times it looked like he could barely even jog. Say what you want about how Kevin Love has fit in with the Cavs so far; one thing you can’t complain about is his heart. Love gives it his all no matter what, showing fans that again on Thursday night.

The Big 3 can perform, on some nights. They combined for 75 of the Cavs’ 109 points. The Cavs are built to be carried by the Big 3 and they have to have games like this for the Cavs to win. It’s as simple as that.

Kobe tried to impress LeBron with his passing game. He ended with 17 assists! He looked like Rondo out there! (Except he can actually shoot.) The performance by LeBron and Kobe showed us that LeBron vs Kobe is still must-watch TV.

LeBron’s still got it. He’s only 30 years old, but sometimes he thinks he’s 38. Like when he took that one play off on defense yesterday? I’m pretty sure we all saw that vine. Or when he missed the alley oop. But when it comes down to it, he’s still LeBron and he’s still the best player on the planet. He finished with 35/5/5. He carried the Cavs to victory down the stretch. It’s good to have LeBron carry us to victory again as it feels like it’s been a while. Hopefully he can do it again tonight against the Clippers.

@CST_JacksonF -30-

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