After a well played game at Phoenix with Kyrie showing his form, Cavaliers are headed to Denver.With
After a well played game at Phoenix with Kyrie showing his form, Cavaliers are headed to Denver.

With no Kyrie, Cavs never gave a chance to Nuggets. Fun fact is, Cavs did not have any free throws in the first half.

LeBron reverse dunk and Barton stealing from LeBron's hands are some good to watch moments in 4th quarter. Steal and dunk by LeBron is the answer for his turn over. LeBron completed with 34 points and was looking great entire game.

Good to see Mike Miller on the court, but in Denver colors!

Cavaliers - Net Player Score
 

L. James

110.52

Outstanding

J. Smith

66.23

Good

I. Shumpert

61.16

Good

K. Love

55.05

Fair

M. Dellavedova

47.86

T. Thompson

46.18

M. Williams

42.67

T. Mozgov

19.67

 

A much needed win on the road and Cavs managed to stop the down slide this time. Kyrie's mid-range

A much needed win on the road and Cavs managed to stop the down slide this time.

Kyrie's mid-range offense is on full display. Blatt’s decision to spread out his minutes in all 4 quarters showed some deep thinking. 24 minutes looks a lot less, but good enough for Kyrie to flex his muscles. We can see some amazing board shots and a confident 3 pointer when the shot clock was down to 1 in fourth quarter.

Kevin was awesome too. He made best use of second chances.

If I had to pick a game changer for Cavaliers, it is J R Smith and his flying save to keep the possession. His quick thinking and response saved the day. In 4th quarter every possession was important and this is the save which sealed the Cavs win.

The Suns were physical and looking for a win.  They are now 12-21 and lost all their 5 games in a row.

Cavaliers are 20-9. Next game is at Denver with 12-19.

Cavaliers Net Player Score. Good to see Kyrie on top of the list!

K. Irving

99.31

Outstanding

K. Love

87.59

Excellent

T. Mozgov

69.04

Good

L. James

65.00

Good

J. Smith

62.60

Good

R. Jefferson

57.79

Fair

M. Dellavedova

41.64

T. Thompson

41.14

J. Jones

30.93

I. Shumpert

9.32


Go Cavs!

What is causing Cavaliers to go out of sync on both offense and defense so quickly? Is it too much t

What is causing Cavaliers to go out of sync on both offense and defense so quickly? Is it too much talent, lineup problems, individual play, no focus or no team play?

Cavaliers, leading Eastern Conference with 19-9 and the difference between other top 10 teams in Eastern conference is not very significant.  What this mean is if other teams continue to play the way they are playing now, Cavaliers may be in the top 8 to make it to the playoffs, but may not keep the lead and loose home court advantage.

As of Dec 27th, Cavaliers played 4 games against Western Conference teams and lost 3 of them. That is 25% chance of winning. (It is just 4 games, but numbers don't lie) 

  • Win (106 - 76) on Memphis Grizzlies on Oct 28th 
  • Loss (108 – 114) to New Orleans Pelicans on Dec 4th – Could not close out the game in the regular time and lost focus in OT                                                         
  • Loss (83 - 89) to Golden State Warriors on Dec 25th (Christmas Day) – Both teams played good
  • Loss (76 - 105) to Portland Trail Blazers on Dec 26th – 29-point difference and worst loss of the season

With more than 20 games into the season (28 games as of Dec 27th) with Kyrie, Mozgov and Iman coming back from injuries, Cavs fans expect more fireworks, commendable wins or close games. At this stage everyone expects Cavs to be consistent and rebuild the team confidence. Bad habits can throw off the team balance and bring in more distractions.

It’s only 4 games against the West but the results are clearly exposing the gaps in Cavs defense and offense. LeBron cannot always carry the whole game on his shoulders by scoring, defending and playing all 48 minutes, every game. Other players need to have a strong plan and clear roles, which covers both offense and defense.

Winning 3 games on Philadelphia Sixers does not really help. It might help to keep the numbers but what really matter is winning on the tough teams. These are the teams that show up in playoffs, not Sixers for sure. (No offense to Sixers, just based on the way they are playing now).

Within Eastern Central Division, Cavs player 5 games and lost 3 of them, but still leading Central division

  • Loss to Chicago Bulls
  • Win on Indiana Pacers
  • Loss to Milwaukee Bucks
  • Loss to Detroit Pistons
  • Win on Milwaukee Bucks

Should we hit the panic button? May be not yet but definitely we can see the signs! 12 more games to hit the half season mark and I think we have more clarity on the overall plan and goal of the Cavaliers.

Go Cavs!