|2011-12 Team Rating|
|22nd Overall||20th Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
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.
Kyrie Irving has met and exceeded expectations to such an extent, he's almost taking the other guards' tests for them for this grade.
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.
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.
Credit for year-over-year improvement and solid play in the fourth quarters of many games (24.5 ppg) rests here.
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
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|