There was a lot of energy filling the Q for the first game of the season. There were celebrities in attendance and lots of fanfare. A concert took place before the game and Usher was there to sing the national anthem. Everything seemed to be in place for a successful game for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, all the energy and fanfare wasn’t enough to make the team pull off a win on Thursday.
The first quarter of the game looked promising. It started off with Kevin Love with two points and Dion Waiters hitting a three soon after. One of the biggest pitfalls of the quarter were the turnovers by Lebron James. In Lebrons first 11 minutes spent on the floor he had 2 points and 3 turnovers and was shooting one of six. This was not the start that fans were expecting.
As the game went on, the Cavs started to fall behind and couldn’t seem to make a strong comeback. There was a lack of defense and many missed shots throughout the game. Additionally, there was a huge missed pass in the second quarter by Anderson Varejao to Lebron James that really hurt them. Throughout the game the passive gameplay was a large contributor to their loss.
There were highlights too. Even with six fouls for the night from Carmelo Anthony he still managed to score 25 points for the night. He was the scoring leader for the Knicks. The Cavs were led by Kyrie Irving with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists. Kevin Love also played well with 19 points.
Even though the game ended in a loss, the team was only down by five points and managed to stay in the game. This is a team that is playing together with a new coach and many new players. LeBron was playing a less aggressive game than usual, which may be another change. With time and work, this team has a lot of potential. In the letter to fans, LeBron acknowledged that it will take time for the team to make it to the finals.
There are high expectations for this team, but it is also time to make realistic expectations. There will be times when they win and times when they lose. No team has a perfect record in basketball. Teams in the finals still face losses in their season. Even I am guilty of becoming a little too wrapped up in winning when the bar is set so high. All in all, they Cavs still played well. There is much work to be done, but there is an entire season to do it in.