Barely a month into the season, we still don’t have a very good grasp of what we are dealing with in regard to the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. We have not played a very tough schedule and we are sitting at 5-5, including a surprising 2-4 record at home and equally surprising 3-1 record away. My theory that I presented last week of scoring 90 points to win is still holding, as the Cavaliers are 5-1 when putting up 90+ and 0-4 when scoring less than 90.
Right now the lack of continuity is really hampering the progress of this team. The following is a list of key players and the number of games they have missed:
Mo Williams – 5 games missed (Cavs are 2-3 in those games)
Antawn Jamison – 3 games missed (Cavs are 2-1 in those games)
Anderson Varejao – 2 games missed (Cavs are 0-2 in those games)
That is a combined 10 games missed from 3 of your top 6 players in the rotation, including two starters. This is especially difficult as the Cavaliers are installing a new system with multiple new pieces and a new Head Coach.
The Cavaliers are also headed into a very tough portion of their schedule. The remaining seven games in November are against opponents with a combined 47-26 record thru Wednesday’s games (.644 winning percentage). Then after getting through that we welcome the Miami Heat to the Q, which is a whole other box of worms by itself. These next seven games should show us where the Cavaliers are and where they are headed this year.
Miscellaneous Cavaliers Stats:
The Cavs have had six players lead the team in scoring in 10 games: J.J. Hickson (4x), Antawn Jamison (2x), Anderson Varejao, Mo Williams, Boobie Gibson and Ramon Sessions.
The Cavs have had four players lead the team in rebounding in 10 games: Anderson Varejao (5x), Antawn Jamison (2x), Jamario Moon (2x) and J.J. Hickson.
The Cavs have had six players lead the team in assists in 10 games: Boobie Gibson (3x), Mo Williams (2x), Ramon Sessions (2x), Anderson Varejao, Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker.
Here is the current (thru Wednesday) NBA ranking of the Cavaliers leaders in points, rebounds and assists: J.J. Hickson 15.2 ppg (57th in NBA), Anderson Varejao 8.9 rpg (19th in NBA) and Mo Williams 4.6 apg (28th in NBA).
Only six players have appeared in all 10 games so far: J.J. Hickson, Boobie Gibson, Ramon Sessions, Anthony Parker, Ryan Hollins and Jamario Moon.
Boobie Gibson needs 34 points to become the 45th player in team history to score 2,000 career points