The Cleveland Cavaliers began this biggest of all seasons at 1-3, with LeBron James looking lackadaisical and talking merde about the Cavs entrenched losing ways. Throughout these tribulations, however, James remained the best basketball player on the planet. So James turned things up two notches and the Cavs have won four straight, a streak–capped off with a 127-94 pummeling of the Hawks on Saturday–that looks like it’ll become pretty common.
Six Cavaliers hit the double figure scoring mark against the Hawks, including Kyrie Irving with 20. The ball moved much more fluidly and–league alert–the Cavs played team defense like a contender. So the Cavs have weathered a little teapot tempest to begin the season. They now play their next eight games in a row at home. It begins with a visit from the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. The Cavs had 127 in their last one. Denver can put up points in a hurry too. Will there be 250 points scored tonight in Cleveland?