The Cleveland Cavaliers were called out by many experts as a team that could surprise in the Eastern Conference this season.
The team struggled mightily to start the year and even though they are still far away from being a solid squad, the Cavs are beginning to develop consistency on both ends of the court and today’s 98-88 win against the Denver Nuggets was a very good proof of their improvements.
The Cavs received contributions from several players on both sides of the ball on their way to a 98-88 win. The team recorded a season-high 13 blocks and had 58 total rebounds opposite to Denver’s 43, often dominating the glass and the play near the rim. On the offense only four players scored in double-digits but no one had a better night than Tristan Thompson.
The Canadian forward had a career night as he ended with 17 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes. His strong play was a solid complement for both Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao and he was finally able to showcase all his recent progresses that have him as one of the most promising big man in the NBA.
The third-year player has battled with inconsistencies but he’s quite polished and he has always been considered as a good bet to have a solid career. He’s nearly averaging a double-double this season and if he can continue playing like this throughout the year, the Cavaliers could end up making some noise in a very weak Eastern Conference.