Cleveland Cavaliers: The Time to Win Is Now As Season-Defining Stretch Arrives

November 17th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged from their first 10 games with a 5-5 record, performing nobly at times and not-so-skillfully at others.

Nagging injuries have slowed their two most important players, center Anderson Varejao and guard Mo Williams. Williams, in particular, has been missed, having suited up for only half of the team’s games.

So how are they sitting at .500 and, for now, in the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference?

The emergence of guard Daniel Gibson is the team’s feel-good story thus far. Head coach Byron Scott has handed Gibson nearly 30 minutes of playing time per game, and the fifth-year pro has responded by averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 assists off the bench.

Ramon Sessions, obtained from Milwaukee in the offseason, is averaging 11 points and four assists a game as Williams’ occasional stand-in.

Finally, despite his still-nagging tendency to go AWOL during the course of a game, J.J. Hickson leads the Cavs in scoring at 15 points per contest, including a career-high 31 points in a loss to Atlanta on Nov. 2.

Add a healthy Varejao and Williams to the mix, and occasional dos ...

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