I have a confession to make…
So I run the CST Twitter account and update the Cavs games. On Monday night’s game against the Miami Heat, the team was playing so poorly that I literally posted a tweet that said, “Cavs look great tonight.” Right below that was a GIF of Stevie Wonder. I subsequently did end up deleting that one…
The Cavs were, at one point, down 22 points to the Heat. After three quarters, the score was 99-80 with Miami still leading. The Wine & Gold simply didn’t seem to have the energy or aggression to match their opponent. A team that just throttled the Cavs in Miami on Saturday night, 124-105.
It appeared to be a repeat…
What’s amazing is this Miami team is (now) 36-21 compared to the Cavs at 16-41. Thus, it wasn’t like the team was slacking against another bottom-feeder. New head coach JB Bickerstaff clearly has these players more inspired compared to former head coach John Beilein.
Incredible effort from SG Kevin Porter Jr., who scored 30 points off the bench and had eight rebounds, too. The duo of PF Larry Nance Jr. and PF Tristan Thompson played with an extreme amount of energy (also both off the bench). 16 and eight for Nance Jr. and 15 and nine for TT.
What was most amazing is the Cavs outscoring the Heat 31-12 in the 4th quarter. This led to a 111-111 game and overtime. Now, I was concerned that because the team was unable to quite close it out, Miami would subsequently bounce-back in overtime and win even with their horrible fourth quarter. That was not the case as coach Bickerstaff rode the same lineup and got that same continuous effort.
It allowed a 14-8 OT for the Cavs and a final score of 125-119.
Now, obviously the Cavs aren’t competing for the title this season and winning or losing this game didn’t make a difference. Frankly, just seeing a sound effort really made watching this team a lot more enjoyable. It gives hope towards the future and maybe that with Bickerstaff at the helm, the culture will be different to finish off this season and beyond. Maybe the guys currently on the roster, with a few additions in the future, can end up putting the Cavs back in contention.
Obviously, it’s a process. At least we, as Cleveland fans, have something to look forward to on the basketball floor.