What a difference 11 games can make. After stumbling to a 19-20 opening, that’s the number now representing the Cleveland Cavaliers current winning streak and the one that has transformed them from perceived underachievers to once again being rated among the league’s elite.
Over the last several weeks, things have gone so well for LeBron James and the Cavs, the four-time league MVP has had to result to conjuring up make-believe scenarios to describe just how far he’s willing to go to make certain their run of dominance remains on track.
“It’s all about the team and for me being the leader of the team, it doesn’t matter,” James recently told reporters when questioned about his commitment to the Cavs’ rising NBA title aspirations. “Whatever this team needs in order for us to win, I’ll come off the bench. I’m serious. I’ll come off the bench.”
The average cost for these Cavs vs. Clippers tickets will be $241 with a get-in price of $25 when the Cavs host the L.A. Clippers Thursday night according to Barry’s. For Cleveland fans to have any chance of leaving Quicken Loans Arena as deliriously delighted as they’ve been over the team’s last 11 games James will certainly need to be in the lineup and fully accounted for.
His stretch over the last two weeks will almost certainly do. Over that span, James has topped at least 30 points on six different occasions and overall is averaging 29 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Dominant as he’s been, James has hardly been a one-man band in resurrecting the Cavs.
Over his last six-games, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has averaged 29 points and five assists, including recently bagging a career-high 55 in the team’s 99-94 win over Portland. Irving and James combined for 69 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists in the Cavs’ 126-121 road win over the Clips on Jan. 16.
That Clippers team and the one that has taken the court over the least several weeks are as different as day and night. With Western Conference All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way, L.A. has won seven of their last nine, topping 100 points in six of those victories.
Over his last ten games, Paul has averaged 17 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals, while Griffin has chipped in with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.