First of all, it says that the Cavaliers have some talent. All-Star Guard Kyrie Irving is one of the best players in the NBA, and the team has put some nice pieces around him. In the last two NBA Drafts, the Cavaliers have picked up Gibson, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.
All four players are major contributors, and all four have been finding different ways to improve.
Thompson in particular has been impressive of late. He has improved his offensive game tremendously, he has become a rebounding force for the Cavaliers and he has become much more of a leader.
The win over the Thunder also shows just how great the trade was with the Memphis Grizzlies. Picking up Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a first-round draft pick for Jon Leuer was a steal for the Cavaliers. The draft pick and Selby likely won’t help the Cavaliers much until the future, but Ellington and Speights are already key contributors.
Speights was huge for the Cavaliers in the win over the Thunder, as he scored 21 points in the game on 10 of 15 shooting. He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, and also had 10 rebounds in the game.
The victory also showed how big of a move it was to sign free agent guard Shaun Livingston after the Washington Wizards waived him. Livingston has been really good for the Cavaliers on offense and defense, and he was in the game against the Thunder during many of the key moments.
One bad thing that win showed is just how frustrating the Cavaliers have been at times this season. The game before they played the Thunder, the Cavaliers were beaten badly by the Detroit Pistons. The team had a lack of energy against the Pistons, and they have also been short on energy in several of their losses this year.
The Cavaliers don’t always seem motivated enough when starting games, especially against some of the lesser teams in the league. They have played close games against several of the very good teams and picked up some wins, but they have played far too many bad games against the worst teams in the league.
The Cavaliers have talent and they have a team that can win some games. They should be better than 14-34, and hopefully the win over the Thunder will give them some confidence and momentum that will allow them to improve on their record throughout the rest of the season.