Fast forward to next year and nights like Monday, hopefully, will be unacceptable.
As for right now, a loss to a hobbled and reeling Minnesota Timberwolves is one that can be taken, reluctantly, with a grain of salt. Chalk it up to the growing pains of a young and inexperienced basketball team.
It's hard to tell if that eases the pain or enhances it--that the Cavs have seemingly turned a corner in 2013 and have mixed in some pretty exciting nights amongst some puzzling efforts--much like last nightʼs loss to Minnesota.
Over the last 24 games, the Cavs have put together a respectable, while not earth shattering, 11-13 record. The best thing along the way is that itʼs been the young core doing a lot of the heavy lifting.
Kyrie Irving has been incredible.
Frankly, its to a point where he has to play pretty unbelievably for the Cavs to win games and that he has. For those concerned about a sophomore slump you can breathe easy.
All Irving has done is exceed expectations for his 2nd year while catapulting himself into some pretty impressive debates regarding where he stands among the current rank and file of superstars in the NBA.
With Kyrie having proven himself to be a more known commodity, the real story is the development of his fellow rising stars.
The first being fellow sophomore Tristan Thompson.
Thompson's meteoric rise in approval rating is soaring as he continues to demonstrate a legit NBA offensive game. Heʼs facing people up and beating defenders off the dribble from time-to-time. Heʼs playing tougher. Heʼs rebounding. He also has 12 more assists over this 24-game stretch than he had in ALL 60 games last season.no comments