There’s a lot to be said about David Griffin recently with the way the Cavs have been playing since flipping waiters and two very protected 1st round picks for Timofey Mozgov and JR Smith and Iman Shumpert. He clearly is gutsy which is shown by his comments in support of Head Coach David Blatt. It also seems that since LeBron has come back from injury and with the additions of JR and Moz though Shumpert hasn’t played yet, the Cavs defense and effort has greatly improved. It’s also interesting as a possibility that as many fans liked Waiters and the Front Office has always been high on him that maybe we should have gotten rid of him sooner because it would seem that ever since he was moved the chemistry has been trending upwards and the team has been having fun out on the court and showing a lot more effort, especially considering the well documented past for Waiters clashing with teammates and coaches. It also could just be that they have been playing with a sense of urgency since then. Who knows, right? As shown by a quote from Blatt after last night’s win:”I don’t know if that’s exactly how I want to see them play, but it is how I want to see the team enjoying playing. That’s not a common action, nor is it a designed thing. But the game of basketball is a creative, beautiful sport. And when you’re playing with passion and with excitement, that’s great. It’s great for the fans, it’s great for the guys. But that’s not what makes you a winning team, necessarily. But it certainly is a good moment for everybody involved.”
That is very true but the quote of the night goes to LBJ talking about the steal by Kyrie and the ridiculous behind the head dart thrown to Tristan with the play ending in the K Love dunk:”Best play of the night. We turned the ball over, Kyrie was down there on a one-on-three, Kyrie got the tip, J.R. tapped it back to Kyrie [after Thompson handed it off] and Kyrie was stumbling and rumbling and bumbling the Chris Berman way and threw it up to Kev, and that was the best sequence of the night. … I think the fans was craving a moment like that and we play for our fans and they showed their support tonight once again.” There’s a lot to “LOVE” about the way the team has been playing over this recent stretch of games but there’s still a lot of basketball left to be played. And as AC pointed out last night that we were in the top 15 in defensive efficiency after the 8 game winning streak early in the season.