It is time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to get started on a winning streak.
I’m serious. Don’t laugh. I know that the Cavaliers are currently just 4-14, but the next three games are set up well for them to start having some success.
Of course, the Cavs are starting each of these games at a disadvantage as long as star guard Kyrie Irving remains out with an injury. Irving has only been able to play in 10 of the team’s 18 games this season, and it is not known yet when he will return.
Starting shooting guard Dion Waiters was also out with an injury in Monday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, and it is not known yet if he will be in action on Wednesday. With or without Waiters and Irving, though, Cleveland has a good shot at winning their next three games.
The Cavs went 1-2 in their last three games, and would have been 2-1 if not for a Nicolas Batum three-pointer at the buzzer that won the game for the Portland Trail Blazers in the second overtime on Saturday night. But the team has been playing much better recently, and they should be rested and fired up for the next three games.
On Wednesday night, the Cavaliers will play at home against the Chicago Bulls, who they played early in the season and were blown out. That loss was one of the worst the Cavs have had this season, and it should serve as extra motivation for the players start this game off well. Cleveland should come out desperate and with a lot of energy, and if they do they can beat this Bulls team, which is not as good as it was in past years.
On Friday, the Cavaliers will go on the road to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have also been battling injury problems. The Timberwolves will be much better later in the year than they are now, and they have struggled so far this season. The Anderson Varejao – Kevin Love battle should be classic, and the Cavs actually match up fairly well with the Timberwolves. This could be a good road win for Cleveland.
And on Saturday, the Cavs will return home to take on the Pistons once again. Cleveland started the Monday game against the Pistons horribly, and then spent the rest of the game battling back. I am sure they will start out much better against the Pistons on Saturday. If the Cavs do get off to a good start, they could cruise to a victory.
The Cavaliers need to pick up two or three wins in these three games, as the schedule will get tougher again next week. A few wins would do a world of good for the confidence of the team and the hopes of the fans.
Now let’s see if the Cavs can do it.