The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed Boston this past Sunday 121-99 as five-point road underdogs. But before we have commissioner Adam Silver handing the trophy to LeBron James and Cleveland for the second time in three years, let’s add perspective.
After weeks of terrible basketball, the Cavaliers played with energy and focus and coach Tyronn Lue reminded us basketball is at times a very simple game as long as you make shots and play with energy. Lue admitted after the game that the practice the day earlier was hardly that and the game plan was generic sets, but his team came out with a purpose and everyone was immediately engaged.
In particular, LeBron for the first time seemingly in weeks was having fun and was personally feeding off the energy generated on both sides of the floor. JR Smith, whose quietly been playing well, jumped right in, along with the fresh four, Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.