NBA Cleveland Cavaliers

Luke Walton’s Smart Court Play Gives Cleveland Cavaliers More Firepower

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Everything just keeps going right for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Luke Walton can take a bow for some of that success.

Even without Kyrie Irving healthy enough to play on Thursday, the Cavaliers were able to rally from a 14-point deficit on Wednesday and produce a 103-92 NBA victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Walton continues to do the little things that help teams like the Cavaliers pull out the win.

He’s played 33 games with the Cavaliers this season, no starts, and is only averaging 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He saw action for 21 minutes against the Raptors, was 2-of-5 from the floor and 1-of-3 in triples with two offensive and five defensive rebounds. He dished out seven assists and had no turnovers to help the Cavs frustrate a bewildered Toronto defense.

The previous game, Walton also got the job done when the Cavs pulled out an impressive 101-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls. He was on the court for 24 minutes and shot 4-of-6 from the line. He had five defensive rebounds and five assists along with one steal and only turnover. This was probably Walton’s best game of the season.

What especially helps the Cavaliers is Walton giving them smart minutes when he’s on the court. As a result, the Cavaliers, at 4-1 since the All-star break, have all the pieces to keep playing well. At 20-38, they’re out of the playoff picture. But a strong run in the final weeks of the season and finishing with a total number of wins in the 30s could get the franchise in good shape for a competitive 2013-14 campaign.