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Demetri Inembolidis

182407463 76ers Cavs Kyle194It took two overtimes, the ability to overcome three huge shots by the 76ers, new lineups and three potential game winning shots by Kyrie Irving for the Cavs to beat the Philadelphia 76ers on the second night of a home-and-home series. The 76ers are a team that was not projected to be very good prior to the season. Michael Carter-Williams did not come into the league with much fanfare. The biggest storyline with the franchise was how bad they were supposed to be and how they are supposedly tanking for Andrew Wiggins.

The Philadelphia 76ers didn't get the memo. They may very well finish the season with a very bad record, but the fact of the matter is that Brett Brown has them playing very hard. Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams are all playing out of their mind. When the 76ers played the Cavs in Columbus, Brett Brown raised a lot of eyebrows when he said that his roster has "6 NBA players." The remaining 9 players on the roster evidently didn't get the memo.

Cleveland started the game well. They made 14 out of 25 shots in the first quarter which left them with a 30-27 lead. They could have defended better to start the game. The 76ers shot 47.4% in the first quarter, which is pretty much in line with how they finished the game. Alonzo Gee made his first start this season. Earl Clark did not register a minute for the Cavs. Gee only played 20 minutes throughout the entire game.

The Cavs gave up 37 points on 13-21 shooting in the third quarter. Things were looking questionable for the Cavs during this stretch. Cleveland countered with 22 points on 5-14 shooting. Needless to say, the Cavs were lucky to come away winners after such a poor effort in the third quarter.

Cleveland outscored the 76ers 32-22 in the fourth quarter. They also held Philadelphia to 38.9% shooting and they forced 4 key turnovers.


Jeremy Klein

anderson varejaoI love watching the NBA, but early season basketball can be pretty brutal. Despite an overly long preseason, players need time to get acclimated to their new teammates, and it often shows up in the quality of play early on. What we’re seeing right now is drastically different from what we’ll see in April and May.


TCF Staff

cavslogoWith the Cavaliers starting their season on Wednesday night an opening night litmus test against the Brooklyn Nets, the focus will be on Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters, and, of course, Andrew Bynum as the Cavs look to go from one of the worst teams in the NBA to a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference. We asked our staff for their thoughts on what they expect from the Cavs this season and who will play for the NBA Championship.


Erik Cassano

001 Brown Irving“What if?”

It’s the most Cleveland of questions. The Indians liked it so much they turned it into their advertising slogan for several years. But this year’s Cavaliers team might have every right to snatch that slogan for themselves.

Perhaps no team in the NBA presently has a bigger factor of variables than the Cavs. We know the Heat, barring a catastrophic injury to LeBron James, are going to be the league’s best team. We’re almost certain the 76ers are going to be the league’s worst team, fronting the Andrew Wiggins lottery derby in 2014.

But the Cavs? They could fall just about anywhere in between.

What if Kyrie Irving takes the next step to superstardom? What if injuries limit him to fewer than 65 games again?

What if Andrew Bynum recovers to his 2011-12 form, when he had the best statistical season of his career? What if his knees can’t keep him on the floor?

What if Andy Varejao once again flourishes in Mike Brown’s defense? What if he keeps adding lines to his rapidly-lengthening injury history?

What if Dion Waiters really is Joe Dumars to Kyrie’s Isiah Thomas? What if he’s a chronic shot-chucker who consistently sabotages offensive possessions, and he never gets any better?


Jeremy Klein

1kyrie copyThe injury prone label is one of the most dubious honors that can be bestowed on a player. All it takes is for a guy to suffer a few ill-timed injuries before fans quickly slap the injury prone label on him. And once a guy is perceived as injury prone, it’s a monumental task to reverse that perception.


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