If you watched the game, you already know the storyline being penned and typed around the Forrest City. “After sluggish start the Cavaliers finally get everything together.” For this game anyway, you certainly would have to say that.
After falling behind by 18 points, the Cavaliers played like a team with heart. Shaquille O’Neal had his best game as a Cavalier, and Dainel Gibson caught fire making four 3 point shots. He also stepped up and played great individual and team defense. But could this be a turning point in the Cavs’ season?
The Cavs certainly played with more enthusiasm and at times looked like their old selves on the defensive side of the ball. Nobody is going to deny that. I would cautiously call to your attention a familiar phrase- match-up problems. As in the Wizards sure don’t seem to have an answer for the Cavaliers’ new look. Specifically, they have nobody that can come close to guarding Shaq down on the block.
Since they don’t have one player, they ran three differDanielent ones at Shaquille, and the Protector simply got them all in foul trouble. To the Cavs’ credit, once they established that advantage, they made full use of it by being aggressive to the basket.
Could this be a turning point? Sure it could. The Cavs could point to this game down the road as the game that solidified this group as a team. When they all bought into the team philosophy and clamped down at the defensive end leading to an easier time on offense. Only time will tell, and the first chance they get to keep it going is Thursday night against the Bulls.
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