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Cross-Court Cavs: Opening Week

Basketball is back in Cleveland everyone! This week, the Cleveland Cavaliers opened up their 2017-18 campaign after a rough 1-5 preseason. The team faced off against 3 key opponents, in the Celtics, Bucks, and Magic. All three teams have the potential to if not only crack the playoffs, but be serious contenders.

The first game of the week, and the home opener for the squad, matched them up against the Boston Celtics, and recently traded All-Star PG Kyrie Irving. A gruesome injury to star Celtics SG and recent free agent acquiree Gordon Hayward made all of our hearts stop only 6 minutes into the game. The star was carted off and his season is most likely ended after fracturing his tibia. The Celtics wouldn’t let Gordon’s absence get them down, though. They went back and forth the whole game with the reloaded Cavs, and it came down to the final possession. After a clutch Kevin Love three pointer, a Kyrie Irving airball spoiled the All-Star’s return to his former team, as the Cavs put up the first win of the year with a 102-99 win.

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After the big win against their rivals in the Celtics, the Cavs flew out to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Friday.  The Bucks, led by the Giannis Antetokounmpo, hung in with the Cavs throughout, but it was the shooting of LeBron James and Kyle Korver that helped secure a win in the end for the Cavs. Korver went on a 9-0 run by himself in the 3rd quarter, helping to swing the momentum and lead the Cavs to a 116-97 victory, advancing them to 2-0 on the season.

With the 2-0 record in the back of their minds, and an Orlando team, in the middle of a rebuild, coming into town, the Cavs decided to take a game off on Saturday. The team looked out of sorts, with Dwyane Wade stating that “this has been a long, long week.”  Orlando decided to take advantage of the struggling Cavs, as Nikola Vucevic dropped 25 and led the Magic to a 114-93 win over the defending Eastern Conference champions.

This week, a 2-1 record, has been a solid start for the Cavs. Despite having troubles finding their identity and team chemistry, the play has been solid. The King still looks to be in great form, and the pieces are starting to fill in around him. It will take some time, but when the Cavs do find their niche, the rest of the NBA should be put on notice.

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