Don't look now, Cleveland Cavaliers fans, but for the first time since November in 2010, the team is boasting a winning record. Sitting at 3-2 and third in the Central, the Cavaliers are quietly looking like a team that could be a force in another year or two. Powered by their two newest additions, Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving, this young Cavs team is playing above expectations in the early going.
Unlike last season, and the seven previous ones, there is no real pressure being put on the Cavaliers this year and the anonymity, along with a healthy dose of second year coach Byron Scott, is allowing the young team to flourish in the early going despite a limited offseason. According to coach Scott, one of the greatest parts about this team, as opposed to last years squad, is the way they are pulling together as a unit, a team. On and off the court, there is a bond being formed that is key to team improvement.
"I think they are enjoying playing with one another, which is great” Scott said. “Chemistry is so important — and camaraderie. I've always said, 'You give me a team with good talent and great chemistry and camaraderie and we'll win.'
"We have a team here with that great chemistry and camaraderie that we're starting to develop. It's just a matter of these guys playing more basketball together as this season goes along."
While nobody, including this writer, is penciling in the Cavaliers into a playoff spot for at least another season, it is a breath of fresh air to see the team improving at such a rate. The true level of said improvement will be put to the test in the next two weeks as the Cavs are set to begin a seven game road trip that will be a huge measuring stick for this squad. The challenge of which has Coach Scott eager to see how his team responds.
"It's going to be fun," Scott said. "It's a challenge. I'm looking forward to it. I hope our guys are. We'll find out where we are. . . . There is no easy game on this road trip. It's going to be interesting to see how we react and how we play."
As we inch ever further from the memory of who the Cavaliers were with LeBron James, we get steadily closer to a team that could potentially be even better. And if, by some miraculous chance, the Cavs get a ring before the 'King', wouldn't that just be the icing on the cake.
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