Sports Page

​Cavaliers 70-game (late) Recap

Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving hoists the eventual game-tying three-pointer against San Antonio March 12 in Texas
Irving went on to score a career and team-record 57 points for the Cavaliers. The Cavs won 128-125 in overtime.

Chad W. Lutz
​I know. I know; the Cavs played their 70th game of the season five games ago. Eat it. My life, much like the current NBA season, has been moving at warp speed, and so I haven't had the opportunity to both write and post this article appropriately. No matter. Now we’re all of a sudden seven measly games from the start of the playoffs, which begin April 18. We’ve got a decent amount of ground to cover and, apparently, little time to cover it, so let’s get started, shall we?
It’s only fitting that I’m writing this recap sitting less than a block away from the Q in a hospitality suite for the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City. If Cleveland is the theme, the medium is my life, and that is in no way depressing. Also the complete opposite of depressing has been the Cavaliers surge from Decent Team With Severe Bipolar Issues to Team You Have Nightmares About. Since the Cavs forgettable six-game losing streak that was snapped with a 12-game winning streak back in January, the Wine and Gold have one of the best records in basketball, posting a blistering win/loss margin of 28-7. And with only a few losses here and a few losses there, the team shows no sign of looking back.
Unless you’re in complete denial, the changeover in the Cavs play happened with the acquisitions of Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith. One could probably argue it simultaneously improved upon the departure of Dion Waiters. Either way, Cleveland Basketball looks more like championship basketball. It looks like the basketball we’ve known this roster is capable of.
With the victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday, the Cavs did something they haven’t done since the 2009-2010 season and have only done a handful of times since becoming a franchise in 1970: they clinched a playoff spot. No matter what happens now, even if the Cavaliers lose out the last seven games, the Tree City Ballers will suit up for at least four playoff games come April 18. As of today, the Cavs sit in the No.2 spot in the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Bulls by 2.5 games. Cleveland hosts the Bulls on April 5 in a crucial game that may decide the 2 and 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference. That game starts at 3:30pm and should be electric. I’ll be there. You should, too.