Friday, February 12, 2010

Cavs on a roll!!!

Don’t look now but the Cleveland Cavaliers are clearly the best team in the NBA: they have not only the best home record [22-3] in the league, they also boast the best road record [19-8]. They have moved to the top of the heap even though two of their best players — Mo Williams and Delonte West — are injured. [West returned last night.]

Regular season dominance is no guarantor of posts-season success, but we like the makeup of this team from top to bottom. Coach Mike Brown has done a good job of experimenting with the team’s pieces and parts, while obviously looking ahead to the “second season”, i.e., the playoffs. We’ll have more to say on this later, but these Cavs can play fast or slow, big or quick. And they almost always will defend tough.


John Ettorre said...

You said it. Let's just hope they're smart enough not to mess with the seemingly perfect chemistry of this team with an unwise trade.

Richard said...

Cavs' General Manager Danny Ferry has done an outstanding job of adding pieces to make the team competitive for an NBA title. And team brass is to be commended for continuing to seek ways to improve.

But I agree with your chmistry concerns. The best talent doesn't automatically win. The best team almost always does. The best example of this in recent years was the Pistons' crushing of the Lakers a few years ago. It was a fragile chemistry but the Pistons had it that season. I think the Cavs have it this year.

Still, I can't rule out adding Stoudemire to the mix if Lebron, Shaq, Ferry, and presumably Mike Brown are all for it. I'm just going to agonize until Thursday's deadline and hope the team stands pat.