Early in the season, when the Cavs fired David Blatt and were struggling to establish chemistry on the court, it was chic to dismiss Cleveland as a serious contender. The NBA champ was coming out of the West.
Well, the Cavs are playing their best basketball since LeBron James returned home. With James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving all healthy and clicking, they’re the hottest team in the playoffs and a legitimate threat to win it all.
Cleveland swept Detroit and Atlanta, taking a page from the Warriors in the process. They’ve made 134 three-pointers, tops in the playoffs. They became the first team to sink 15 threes in four straight games, regular or postseason.
They’ve shot better on threes (46.2 percent) than twos (46.0) in the playoffs. With James and Irving driving and kicking to open shooters, the Cavs are hoisting 36 threes a game and making teams adjust to their audacious new style.
The Cavs are 12-0 in playoff games with James, Love and Irving in the lineup. It’s early, but you know they’d love another shot at the Warriors in the Finals at full strength. The way the Cavs are playing, it would be quite a show.