2016-17 NBA Season Week 5 Recap: Cavs
A post-decision LeBron James led squad as possibly the most likable team in the league sounds crazy, doesn't it? But thus far, it may be true. Cavs have been EVERYWHERE the last couple of weeks. We saw them having a blast in watching the Cleveland Redacteds blow a 3-1 World Series lead. This past Saturday, they were having choreographed dances for scores during the biggest game of the college football season as Ohio State battled Michigan. At this point, I'm not even sure LeBron knows he didn't actually go to Ohio St., but thats a topic for another day. Furthermore, Cleveland issued a big "Fuck You" to the Warriors squad (whom are currently breaking basketball) by poking fun of the 3-1 blown lead during a team halloween party. ,I for one, am all for pettiness is sports, especially toward a team that had the goddamn nerve to post a picture with balloons spelling out "super villains." Man, what type of weak ass high school shit was that? We don't dislike the Warriors cause they are great, we dislike them cause they can't trash talk without it being ass. Get that team of sorry ass fades outta here.
Anyway, since we last spoke, Cavs were sitting at 10-2, atop the improved Eastern Conference. Cleveland welcomed the struggling Portland Trailblazers to the Q after having 4 days rest. Kevin Love, who consistently dresses like a member of Ron Burgundy's channel 4 news team, exploded for a 34-point first quarter. He shot 8-10 from 3 during the quarter, matching a career-high in 3-point connects in one game. But, in typical Kevin Love fashion, he finished the game with (only) 40, scoring six points the rest of the game. Channing Frye picked up where Love left off in the second, pacing the Cavs to a 81-point first half. Needless to say, this game was never in doubt, as Portland had zero answers for the Cavs offense, which put up 137 points for a 12-point victory.
At this point, The Mavericks aren't a real NBA team. When your best player has been Harry B nothing else really needs to be said. "Came back, wearing the 4-5, it ain't to play games with you," is not only a memorable Hov line, its also the amount the Cavs were up at one point. This game was stupid.
Fresh off the Ohio St. win and the party I'm sure ensued in its aftermath, Cavs faced the Sixers for a Sunday matinee. A close game was to be expected for the (coughhungovercough) Cavs, and its exactly what they got. Both games between these two have come down to the final possessions, which are a credit to the young, but not very talented Sixers bunch. Kyrie led the 4th quarter charge scoring 19 in the final frame. Bron finished with 26-10-13 for his 45th triple double. My guy JR definitely thought he was still at the titty bar, shooting 0-11 on the day. In true AR Smiff fashion, he kept shooting cause shooters shoot. Cleveland held off Philly for a 112-108 win capping a 3-0 week. Cleveland is now up to 2nd in the league in points per 100 possessions (111.5) trailing only those boys on the west coast. Cleveland has so many ways to beat you, as was displayed throughout the week. Whether it’s the starters (who boast a 114.7 offensive rating vs a 98.2 defensive rating) or the random second units (unfairly for opposing defenses) involving Frye and Bron, the offense keeps humming along. The upcoming week will provide some stiff challenges for the Cavs. They face the improved Clippers and then a still tough to figure out Bulls team the very next night, we'll see how much coasting the Cavs can withstand to pull these games out.
Y'all be cool, and remember, no such thing as too much leftovers.