What We Learned: Cavs vs Sixers

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The Cavs were able to win an ugly game against the Sixers to push their winning streak to 11 games. The Cavs didn’t have their best stuff on Monday night, but it was enough to beat the resilient Sixers 97-84. Here’s what we learned from the Cavs 11th straight win.

• Kevin Love can impact the game even when he has a horrid game offensively. He finished with only 5 points on 1-7 shooting. It was his worst offensive game of the season, however he was still able to have a positive influence on the game. He finished with 15 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. He also led the team in plus minus with a +26. Opposing defenses still respect his shooting ability when he’s on the floor even when he’s having a bad game offensively. That’s why his plus minus was good even though his offense was bad. You won’t see 5 point games from Love often. Fortunately his rebounding and hustling don’t take nights off. Cavs’ beat writer Tom Withers reported that Love stayed after the game an hour working on his shot. Don’t worry about his offense, it’ll come around.

• The bench still can’t hold leads, not even to the Sixers. The Sixers rattled off a 14-2 run to end the 3rd quarter. Most of which came with the Big 3 resting on the bench. The bench hasn’t done this in a long time, but they did it again on Monday night. The benches’ ability to hold leads plagued the Cavs in the beginning of the season. Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend again.

• You don’t drive the paint when Timofey Mozgov is there. He finished with 5 blocks on Monday night. The perimeter defense couldn’t stop the Sixers from driving to the basket, luckily Mozgov was there to clean up the mess. I believe Mozgov was the deciding factor in this game even though he only had 10 points and 5 assists. His inside defense is what kept the Sixers from taking the lead.

• LeBron is fine with letting Kyrie be the man. LeBron realized that Kyrie was on tonight and he got out of his way. That’s what a team player does. LBJ finished with 18/11/3. He wasn’t having the best night shooting the ball, but he didn’t try to force anything. He just let Kyrie take over the game in the 4th.

• Delly can make late game shots. Dellavedova missed 2 critical free throws late in the game against the Sixers back in January. He atoned for those mistakes by hitting critical 3’s in the 4th quarter to put the game away.

• Kyrie is trying to win back to back Player of the Week honors. Uncle Drew had another outstanding game tonight. He finished with 24 points and 5 assists on 9-16 shooting. Kyrie is continuing to show that he can be the primary scoring option. I’ve said this before, but he is proving to be the perfect point guard to play with LeBron. LBJ has never had a point guard as skilled as Irving. I’m excited to see what these 2 can do in the playoffs.

• The Cavs have the longest active winning streak in the NBA. The Hawks’ 19 game winning streak was finally snapped tonight by New Orleans. Hopefully the Cavs can extend their streak to that length.

The Cavs will try to push their streak to 12 games against the Clippers on Thursday.

Jackson Flickinger

Pic credit: cleveland.com

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