The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to win roughly half of their games in 2013-14.
Following a 93-92 victory over the previously undefeated Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavs moved to 2-2 on the season.
With victories over Minnesota and the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland has now defeated two teams who are likely to qualify for the 2014 playoffs.
After finishing 30th in the league in opponent field-goal percentage last year, Mike Brown has also helped the Cavaliers to an improved mark of 40.5 percent through four games. That defensive percentage is good for sixth in the NBA overall.
Kyrie Irving is averaging nearly a full assist more per game (6.8) and Andrew Bynum just recorded 10 points and four rebounds during 18 minutes of work on November 4.
If this was the narrative Cavs fans chose to embrace heading into Game No. 5 they wouldn't necessarily be wrong.
At the same time, however, it's also true that the No. 1 overall pick hasn't made a professional field-goal yet, Dion Waiters has used 48 shots to score 38 points and Irving just committed nine turnovers in one game while averaging 15.3 points on the year.
But while I'll need at least 15 games to make a reasonable assessment of what this Cavs team can eventually become, I did include a collection of play-by-play reactions in summary of last night's win.
Chronology of Reactions - Cavs / Timberwolves:
1Q (6:53) - Kyrie Irving knocks down a three-pointer after collecting an offensive rebound: 'When Irving comes out aggressive like this early, everything opens up offensively for the Cavs.'
1Q (5:30) - Irving hits 8' floater to give Cavs 19-17 lead: 'Kyrie has seven points already, he's going to have a monster game. Probably 30 at least.'
1Q (4:14) - Bynum subs in for Anderson Varejao: 'Bynum is the biggest person I've ever seen. He makes Pekovic look like an undersized power forward.'
1Q (2:16) - Bynum buries an 11-foot hook shot off an Irving feed: 'Somewhere, Brad Daugherty is smiling about that shot. Assuming Brad Daugherty still likes basketball.'
End of 1st Quarter - Cavs lead 31-23: 'Cavs are establishing themselves on the glass (11-5 advantage). Bynum is so big. Earl Clark is somehow 3-of-4 for six points. Kevin Martin though, yikes, has 13 already. This isn't going well for Waiters.'no comments