Launched the 2022/23 fiscal year very well last month, with eight wins in nine games to start, the Cavaliers then stalled at the beginning of November, losing five straight, including four separate, with an average gap which is less than 7 points only. Closely contested matches, therefore, that the Cleveland troop failed to tilt in their favor, the fault for the ends of the games being too imprecise, or even sometimes missed as against the Kings, on both sides of the field.
Logically, Donovan Mitchell’s teammates are happy to erase these errors in recent days, during the ongoing streak of four consecutive victories, the most recent of which was last night against Portland.
A game in which the Cavs led the score for 40 of the 48 minutes, securing the victory early, from the beginning of the fourth quarter, with a 10-2 fatal to the Blazers.
” We have a feeling, match after match, to come up with better conclusions “Judged Jarrett Allen, strong man of the success of his team with 24 points and 13 rebounds. ” When you look at our away losing streak, we lost because we let our guard down, we lowered our intensity. In the last four games, at home, we have maintained our lead. We make the right choices, and that makes the difference. »
Lamar Stevens’ contribution
JB Bickerstaff said he was glad to find a good defensive base, as the Cavaliers now rank third in the league in “defensive rating” (108.7 points against 100 possessions).
” I found us good [ce soir] “Cleveland’s coach added, before highlighting, quite rightly, the contribution of Lamar Stevens in this area for six games in five majors.” There is no rivalry that he does not consider in his favor. And at the end of games, when you have to make a last ditch effort, with guys like Donovan [Mitchell] and Darius [Garland] who can create for themselves and for others, we need a player who can stop. He found a place [avec les titulaires]. The trio he formed with Jarrett [Allen] and Evan [Mobley] damaging the defense. We’re still finding the right balance with him in the major five, but he’s been very good so far. »
Then the technician also congratulated the other aspect of its regained success, the attack, very effective with 55% of the shots converted against Portland, and fourth best in the league all season ( 116.7 points scored per 100 possessions ).
” I liked our tempo control, the fact that we played at our own pace. I will repeat, but previous unfinished matches served as a lesson for us. [Les Blazers], at the end, make a ‘run’ to return to -12 it seems to me. But our guys didn’t panic, they followed the game plan, and our gap increased again. We’re still learning how to finish our matches well, but tonight we did a good job he concluded.
Next game, try to take the series to five wins? A duel at the top of the Eastern Conference with the Bucks, who have the same total victories (12), but one loss less…