Editors Note: Slam Online's Sandy Dover was nice enough to stop by Stepien Rules today and offer us an assessment, from the national perspective, of the Cavaliers' play to date as the All Star Break approaches. For more from Sandy, check out the San Dova Speak Easy, or follow Sandy on Twitter @SandSeraph.
The All Star Break Report by San Dova:
Alrighty, it’s time again, and thanks to the gracious Brendan Bowers, I’ll be delivering another update on the Cleveland Cavaliers of the 2009-2010 season—an early Quarter Report of sorts. Since starting poorly early in the season, but then shrieking to high altitude wins and rejoining the elite of the NBA soon after, the Cavs have been the toast of the town. LeBron James has been playing an exceptional brand of basketball, which while unsurprising, has been so thoroughly consistent in greatness, it’s hard to see him not winning another Most Valuable Player award. The new additions are further implementing themselves in way that has not only not taken away from the team, but have improved the team in subtle ways. Mike Brown, while still somewhat inept (relatively speaking) for creating offense that is tailor-made to his team, has continued to be great at leading his squad…and Danny Ferry hasn’t messed up, which is what Cavaliers fans like to see in a season of so many indefinites.
Now onto assessing the team…
The whole Cleveland Cavaliers team merits this grade: A
Photo Credit: Tracy Boulian
I really wanted to give them an “A+”, but they haven’t peaked quite yet, which is a great thing if you ask me. What’s special is that the team now has a better understanding of the players on the roster. Coach Brown was patient enough with the squad to try a few lineups and adjustments and figured out the starting five that was best for success. The players were patient and understanding about the lineup shuffles, and the guys that have been relegated to the bench seem to really understand their roles and what the purpose is for the season, which is to win a NBA championship. The defense is very good, the offense (while limited) is rolling, and overall chemistry is well—it’s not like last year when the Cavs looked as if they were going to steamroll everyone they saw, but it’s really, really good, and everyone just “gets it”.
Onto the players…