Most of the time when the Cleveland Cavaliers are involved in a lopsided score, they are on the losing end of it. On Friday night, however, the Cavs gave the Milwaukee Bucks more than they could handle. The great thing about this game for the Cavs was that the majority of the players contributed in some way to help in the victory.
Kyrie Irving played just 28 minutes in the 93-78 home victory, scoring 10 points and dishing out 10 assists with no turnovers. Anderson Varejao kept up his great play of late, with 18 points on 11 shot attempts. Varejao has been making a strong case lately, and he deserves to be a participant in the NBA All-Star game, averaging more than 13 rebounds per game since the Cavs suspended Andrew Bynum. Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 10 rebounds — double-double number 21 for him this season.
The Cavs are getting to a critical point in their season. With the NBA Trade Deadline just 28 days away, they need to decide between now and then if they are committed to trying to make a postseason run this season, or if they should tank for a great lottery pick. At this point, they appear to be gunning for a shot at the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference, but the best way to approach this season may be to trade away some good pieces and take their shot at the lottery.
Is a first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat really worth giving up a chance at Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid? That’s up to the Cavs’ front office to decide.