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Cleveland

Cavaliers

Central

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
98.6102.1
22nd Overall20th Overall
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Stats through Feb. 16

W

11

L

16

PCT

.407

GB

11

CONF

7-12

DIV

2-3

HOME

6-7

ROAD

5-9

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Anderson Varejao had stepped up his game at both ends, stacking up double-doubles ... and then disaster (broken wrist). Antawn Jamison solid, Omri Casspi disappointing.

C

BckCourt
Kyrie Irving has met and exceeded expectations to such an extent, he's almost taking the other guards' tests for them for this grade.

B

Defense
Big challenges ahead, so to speak, for front line covering for Varejao. Cleveland knows how to get back, giving up league-low 9.2 fast-break points.

C-

Bench
Alonzo Gee has played well enough to start and Ramon Sessions will have earned the minutes he gets with Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson hurting. Tristan Thompson? Still early.

C+

Coaching
Credit for year-over-year improvement and solid play in the fourth quarters of many games (24.5 ppg) rests here.

B

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B-

Summary

Just when it became safe to put down the clicker and linger on a Cavaliers game, the lineup gets riddled with ailments. That figures to force a step back, but even then Cleveland won't be near the sub-basement in which it dwelled in 2010-11.

It's darn-near impossible to not grade these guys on a curve, using last season's flatline performance as the baseline. Byron Scott, we have to assume, has played a role in Kyrie Irving's strong rookie play, considering his work with point guards in the past.

-- Steve Aschburner

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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