Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More milestones?

This has already been a season of milestones for the Cavaliers with their best start in franchise history at home (11-0), best overall start in franchise history (17-3), not to mention their +13.3 ppg differential and already two 8-game winning streaks. But tonight marks a chance to give them three more milestones and they are all significant.

First, with another big victory tonight (very possible against a team like the Raptors who have just fired their coach and are riding a 4-game losing streak) the Cavs can become the first team in NBA history to win 9 consecutive games by at least 12 points. But that stat doesn't tell the whole story of just how dominant the Cavs have been this season. In these 8 wins the Cavs are outscoring their opponents by an average of 21.7 points. That is complete domination.

Second, with one more steal LeBron James will become the franchise's all-time leader in that category. This would surpass the current record of 734 set by Mark Price over his stellar 9-year career with the Cavs. Keep in mind that LeBron is only a quarter of the way through his sixth season with the wine and gold. Before it's all said and done he will hold possibly all of these records. There aren't enough superlatives to describe just how good he really is.

And finally and most importantly, with four more rebounds Zydrunas Ilgauskas will set the all-time Cavalier record for rebounds in a career. Barring anything bizarre this will definitely happen tonight and I'm glad I will be there at the Q to see it. I know Z doesn't like any fanfare and would rather not get the public recognition, but I really hope they stop the game and give us fans a chance to show how much we appreciate Z's hard work. He has gone through so much with the foot injuries and the terrible teams. He deserves a moment in the sun like this.

Enjoy your moment tonight big fella, you've earned it

Tonight begins another important stretch of four games in five nights for the Cavaliers. This will be a bigger test than the one at the end of November against better competition. But if their recent play is any indication, we should excited about the opportunity that lies ahead. This is a chance to really open up a big lead on the Pistons and enjoy the milestones along the way.