The Cavaliers are currently on a two-game winning streak and are playing much better. Now granted, a two-game winning streak may not sound all that great, but when you are 7-23 any win is huge, and putting a few wins together is even better.
Several players have been coming up big for the Cavaliers in the two straight wins, and Tristan Thompson has been right at the top. Thompson’s strong play has been key to both victories, especially with forward/center Anderson Varejao out with injuries
Against the Bucks, Thompson scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Against the Wizards, Thompson scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
He has been active on offense and defense, and has really been improving in numerous ways recently.
Kyrie Irving was also key in both wins. Against the Bucks, he scored 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting, and handed out 4 assists. Against the Wizards, Irving scored 26 points, although he only shot 8 for 23 from the field. He also handed out 8 assists, pulled down 6 rebounds and had 2 steals.
Other players such as Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles and even Luke Walton have also played very well in the wins. It’s nice to see the Cavaliers get solid contributions from several players, and it’s even better to see the team actually win a few games.
Head Coach Byron Scott said after the Washington win that the team still has to improve in numerous areas, in particular on defense and in closing out games, and he’s right on both accounts. Against the Wizards, for example, the Cavaliers started off the game poorly, allowed the Wizards to get too many open shots throughout the game and should have won by much more than three points.
This team still has numerous problems, but the players are improving and it is nice to see the Cavaliers pick up two wins in a row. I know that it’s only two wins and that the team needs to play much, much better, but at the same time this is much, much better than two more losses.