All of a sudden, all those reports of Cleveland Cavaliers troubles seem greatly exaggerated.
After getting off to a 1-3 start, the Cavs have ran off four straight wins. And as you might expect, four-time league MVP LeBron James has been at the center of it all, including Saturday night’s 127-94 romp over Atlanta.
The streak has rendered all those whispers about friction between him and star guard Kyrie Irving a thing of the past. All that talk about the team not having fun and lacking chemistry seem no more.
“I have fun every time I step out on the basketball court – win, lose, or draw,” said James, who has scored at least 32 points in each of the team’s last three victories. “I have a love for the game, I have fun, I show it on my face sometimes more than others. Inside, the kid is always excited to put another uniform on and go out and play.”
Overall, six Cavs’ players scored in double-figures against the Hawks, including Irving with 20.
“Have we turned the corner? Heck, I didn’t even think there was a corner yet,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt said. “It’s so early. It’s just so early. What is evident, and has been for the last three or four games, is that the ball is moving. LeBron has said and has told me that he is feeling good. And he’s starting to feel his real game shape. This is the time to allow him to get comfortable and to get into his rhythm. For the foreseeable future, we’re going to ride that.”
And given the way the Cavs have looked over their ongoing streak, who knows how far that ride can take them?
The Cavs play seven of their next eight games at home, including playing host to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]