Central Division Review: Cleveland is rolling

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Credit: Keith Allison on Flickr

In a week where the Bulls lost Derrick Rose to yet another knee injury, the Cavaliers continued to push forward and win important games.

If you weren’t convinced that the Cavaliers were for real, this past week should have put those doubts to rest.

Sure, beating the Knicks is in no way, shape or form huge news, but just how the Cavaliers did so certainly was. They dismantled the dismal Knicks in a way that was fun to watch and the whole team looked unified.

This dunk by J.R Smith, via Iman Shumpert was crazy. What makes it even more crazy is the fact that both he and Shumpert were Knicks’ in January. Not a bad way to show the ex what they’re missing out on.

 

Pretty damn impressive!

Of course, the Cavaliers went onto to win the game easily, 101-83. The win was led by Kevin Love, who continues to look more comfortable each game, who posted 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Cleveland went 4-0 for the week with impressive wins also coming against Washington, Detroit and Golden State.

Cleveland were on a different level to Eastern Conference rival Washington. The win, in Washington, was a huge warning sign to the rest of the conference that Cleveland mean business. This alley-oop in the early minutes of the game set the tone for the remainder of the night.

 

Cleveland took strides as a team this past week, and LeBron James also set some huge personal milestones.

LeBron passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward in NBA history when he dished out a pass to Kevin Love against Detroit. With many great years still to come, it looks like James will have quite the lead in this category when he retires.

James is obviously a great passer, but he sure can score too. This was re-affirmed when he passed Allen Iverson for 22nd all-time in NBA scoring. Once again, with years to come he will only rise further on the list.

If you needed more than that to remind you of just how good a scorer James is, just watch the highlights from his takeover on the big stage against the Warriors yesterday. In what many believe could be a Finals preview, James finished with 42 points on 15-25 shooting, he also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.

Should LeBron receiving more MVP consideration? Probably.

Will he be up there at the end of the season? If Cleveland finish top of the East, yes.

Cleveland took the big win over Golden State, but Timofey Mozgov definitely lost on this particular play. I have to admire him for at least attempting the block and not just backing away, but if there ever was a time to step away, it was this play. I guess he didn’t learn from his run in with Blake Griffin a couple of years back.

 

Having said that, his defence and that willingness to defend and be unselfish has lifted the Cavaliers to the very real threat that are right now.

One of the very few negatives from the past week was news that Kyrie Irving didn’t fly with the team to Indiana for today’s game against the Pacers. He opted instead to receive an MRI on his left shoulder after injuring it in the second half against the Warriors. Irving was able to return to the game and played 38 minutes, so the signs don’t look too serious. He remains in doubt for the Indiana game.

Cleveland have won 18 of their last 20 games. Yes, the Cavaliers are coming and the rest of the NBA is officially on notice.

Hayley Wildes

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