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Cleveland Cavaliers' slow start thing of the past thanks to 10-game win streak

From NBA Twitter and media reports

Remember when the Cavs were losing to the likes of the Brooklyn Nets and couldn’t stop anyone and folks put them on red alert? Well, me neither.

A lot has changed since the first month of the season, and one thing has remained the same: LeBron James.

Keep in mind, this is a team that endured the loss of Kyrie Irving, unavailability of Isaiah Thomas, an injury to Tristan Thompson, a sluggish debut by Dwyane Wade and assorted other issues that had them sputtering out of the gate at 5-7 and dropping deep in the — gulp — Eastern Conference standings. But because the 82-game schedule is a marathon and not a sprint, there was no need to start sweating over a team that has James (just as there’s no reason to count out an Oklahoma City team with Russell Westbrook, for anyone pushing OKC to the edge before Christmas).

Next up for the Cavs are the sputtering Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (7:30 ET on NBA League Pass), which gives Cleveland a good shot at stretching its winning streak to 11, putting them second only to the Celtics for hotness this season.

Here’s how Dave McMenamin of ESPN is calling it:

The 10-game winning streak is tied with the Cavs’ longest since the start of the 2015-16 regular season, which ended with a championship.

They also won 10 in a row in both the 2016 and 2017 postseasons.

Cleveland’s hottest stretch during James’ second stint with the franchise was a 12-game streak from Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, 2015.

Cavs guard Dwyane Wade, who was James’ teammate in 2012-13 when the Miami Heat won 27 straight games, said he hasn’t started counting the wins just yet.

“I don’t think we’re there yet, but it’s definitely good,” said Wade, who contributed 19 points and four steals off the bench, his seventh game during the streak with double-digit scoring as a reserve. “You know, we was 5-7 at one point. Now we’re 15-7. We’re playing good basketball but even the games that we haven’t played great, we found ways to win. We played great in certain moments of the game. So, we’re not there yet from a standpoint of where we’re watching and we’re looking at the streak, but 10 in a row to end this month, it was a good win.”