As the Cavaliers get set to take on the New York Knicks Tuesday night at The Q, Cleveland currently sits with a 7-13 record at the 20-game point of the season. For all intents and purposes, the 20-game mark represents the first quarter of the season. It’s an important milestone because it’s typically the point in the season when you can begin to define what a team is or isn’t. It’s the point in the season in which you can’t really apply the “it’s still early” mantra.
That could be bad news for the Cavaliers, kings of the statutes of patience and learning. But in the case of the Cavaliers, “it’s still early” actually still applies. It’s not early in the season, but it’s early in the team’s development. That doesn’t mean everything is going to be fine and the Cavaliers are still on the path to an eventual contending team. It just means that’s it’s still a little too soon to place too much value on results. As disappointing as this season has been, the team as a whole is still improved over last season, and that’s really the most important thing. [Read more...]