The Cleveland Cavaliers are streaky. After winning four games in a row in early November, they promptly lost four in a row. Since then, they've won six in row to get to 11-7 on the season, and they're now in first place in the Central Division.
This week is going to be a big one. They've got four games in five nights, and they're all going to be tough: at the Nets, vs. the Raptors, at the Thunder, and at the Pelicans. We're about to find out how far this team has actually come.
Tomorrow night in Brooklyn, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be in the house:
"The stuff that you read about, people like them, only in books, and to hear that they're coming to town to see me play, they want to see me do what I do best, it's a huge honor," James said Sunday, before the Cavaliers' practice at Baruch College in New York City. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are making their first trip to New York, and as part of the trip are indeed scheduled to be there for Cleveland's game against the Nets - the third and final game of the current road trip.
LeBron may take a stand before the game:
LeBron James is searching for a way to protest the Eric Garner decision, and he could display it Monday night in Brooklyn in front of the Royal Couple. Already outspoken about the death of Garner and a grand jury‘s decision not to indict the responsible officers, James was asked Sunday about a t-shirt worn recently by Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. The message on Rose's shirt, "I can't breathe," is a reference to Garner's words as he was choked while being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush also wore a shirt with the phrase written on it on Sunday. "It was spectacular," James said about Rose's shirt, which he wore in pre-game warmups Saturday night. "I loved it. I'm looking for one."
Apparently Johnny Manziel's decision to attend a Cavs game may have cost him a chance to start over Brian Hoyer:
FOX Sports Insider Jay Glazer explained that Manziel on Tuesday night went to a Cavaliers game before the staff had decided on a starter. On Wednesday, head coach Mike Pettine went with Hoyer.
Chris Mannix of SI sees a lot of positives in the way the Cavs are playing:
Indeed, there are signs -- strong signs -- that Cleveland is starting to round into something that resembles the dynamic super team they are expected to eventually become. Offensively, despite a few rough edges, the Cavs have always been pretty good. They are sixth in the NBA in offensive efficiency (second in the conference) and are averaging a robust 102.9 points per game. The ball movement has been improving and Cleveland is entrenched in the top-ten in fast break points.
And finally, Jared Mueller of King James Gospel speculates that Dion Waiters could be on his way out:
Dion Waiters thinks coach David Blatt will start installing things to get Waiters in the game. If that happens, and/or the Cavs keep winning, Dion will be happy. If it doesn't, and when the Cavs lose, Waiters will not be happy. That will also be a sign that Blatt and the Cavaliers do not have plans for Dion Waiters to be a long term piece of the puzzle in Cleveland and could look to move him.