Home form is always important in the NBA. Even when teams have a suffering season like the Cleveland Cavaliers had last year, they usually prove tough opposition on their home court. The Cavaliers were poor at home, with many teams seeing them as an easy game. Who could blame them with the Cavs only winning 14 games at home last season? A record as poor as that will get you nowhere, but it did get them the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, something they’ll want to avoid in 2014.
The Cavaliers finished 25-58 in the 2012-13 season, finishing in fifth in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division. This disappointing season prompted the firing of head coach Byron Scott and a host of other changes followed.
Mike Brown was rehired with Dan Gilbert placing the emphasis on making the Cavaliers tough to beat again — which he appears to have done, currently 3-0 on their home court. Playing at home is why every NBA team tries so hard to earn the home-court advantage in the playoffs. To put it simply, it really does matter. Although a different sport, look at the form of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL; they’re unbeaten in nearly two years worth of home games. Becoming tough to beat at home is the quickest way to transform a losing team in to a winning one.
Although it’s early and a simple statistic, form like this could push the Cavs into playoff contention. If they are to become a truly great team like they were during the LeBron James era then they will have to learn to win away from home again.