Thursday, February 5, 2009

A triple-double for the ages

All you need to know about the Cavaliers' 107-102 win (highlights) in New York last night was the LeBron Line:

52 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds

No player in the NBA had posted a 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it way back in 1975 - that is until LeBron did it last night. In fact, since 1986 there have only been three instances of a player amassing 50+ points, 9+ assists, and 8+ rebounds. The player in all three instances? You guessed it - LeBron James.

This LeBron guy is pretty good

I won't waste your time talking about how great LBJ was last night, or has been all season for that matter. You're all here presumably because you're Cleveland fans, so you know how special he is. It was just on display again last night on a big stage for the entire world to see. The fact that the game was closer than all of us probably had hoped is not surprising, especially given that this is the NBA and a road game on the second night of a back-to-back is always tough. The important thing in the end is that the Cavs got the win, improving to 16-9 on the road and 30 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history.

Taking a glance at the Cavs' current 39-9 record got me to thinking about the big picture again. Before the season started I predicted 58 wins with the current squad. They are now set to blow that prediction out of the water. Here's a revised look at what it would take to reach certain milestones with 34 games left in the regular season:
  • 19-15 (.558) to set a franchise record of 58 wins... a mere formality at this point
  • 21-13 (.617) to get to 60 wins... almost a lock
  • 26-8 (.764) to get to 65 wins... definitely possible
  • 31-3 (.911) to get to 70 wins... we can dream can't we?
This has certainly been a special season for us as Cavs fans and nights like last night highlight that fact for us. It should get even better when the team returns to the court on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 with their perfect 23-0 home record on the line vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Let the ridiculous LeBron vs. Kobe debate rage on until then...