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Cavaliers 60-game Recap

Chad W. Lutz
​The Cavs played their sixtieth game of the season against the Indiana Pacers in Indiana on Friday. The Cavaliers played the Pacers in Indiana exactly three weeks prior, a loss that put a stop to a Wine and Gold win streak that at the time spanned twelve games. And, just like the game three Fridays ago, the Cavaliers again fell to the Indiana Pacers on the road, ending a four-game winning streak that included Thursday night’s route of the team with the best record in the league, the Golden State Warriors, at the Q on national television.
 
Aside from Indy upsetting another win streak, Friday night’s contest means we only have a quarter of the season remaining. That’s right, only twenty-two games to go, and twenty-one after today’s action in Texas. It’s almost hard to believe we’re in the final leg of the 2014-2015 campaign, but we are. And while this season hasn’t been a streamline fairytale, the team that has, at times, looked apathetic, injured, and lost, is beginning to congeal into the dominant force many forecasted the Cavs would be by the end of the season. 
Former Cavalier C.J. Miles (0) makes a move to the basket against Kevin Love Friday, February 6, 2015 in Indianapolis
(www.si.com)
​Just like the forces that have me listening to the game online at a coffee shop where the only TV is being strictly used to show local advertisements and the radio is stuck on Christian Gospel, the ups and downs of the season have kept us busy and occupied. Even with as much of a whirlwind season this has been through sixty contests, I really find myself at a loss for words as I sit hear listening to the Cavs and Rockets battle it out in the Lone Star State. Not in a bad way, not in a good way either, but really just out of complete surprise.
 
Beginning with Lebron’s second decision in July and continuing with the Hollywood signings of Kevin Love, James Jones, and Mike Miller, the loss of Anderson Varejao, the dealing of Dion Waiters, the acquisitions of Timofey Mozgof Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith, eight-game win streaks, six-game losing streaks, twelve-game win streaks, and one of the best records against Western Conference powers, I can honestly say I think we’ve seen it all. We’ve even seen the perennially impenetrable Lebron James succumb to injury for the first time in his career. Kyrie racked up 55 points against the Portland Blazers in January. No. 23 had a triple-double taken away from him way back in November. One of the ten wins the Knicks have was against the Cavs on opening night. Again, I know we haven’t even begun the playoffs, but at this point, predicting what happens next almost seems silly.
 
At the moment, Cleveland sits in a dead-even tie with the Chicago Bulls for the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Even though my mother always said, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” (which is kind of weird considering we’ve never lived on a farm, much less owned chickens), I think it’s safe to say we’ll see the Wine and Gold in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season come April. Coming into the game against Houston, the Cavs have won eighteen out of the last twenty-one games and haven’t lost back-to-back games since January 11 and 13. If you haven’t been watching or following the Cavs so far this season, there’s still time to atone. Even if you’re not a basketball fan or sports fan in general, watch. We’re witnessing a franchise coming into its own and a group of guys becoming a team worthy of being called champions with each game, win or lose.

​Upcoming Schedule:
3/3 vs. BOS
3/4 @ TOR
3/6 @ ATL
3/7 vs. PHX
3/10 @ DAL
3/12 @ SAN
3/15 @ ORL
3/16 @ MIA
3/18 vs. BKN
3/20 vs. IND