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18 December 2017, 12:23 | Kristine Mills

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Although realizing it was still very early in the season, I must admit that I was quite alarmed as a result of the Cavs' 5-7 won-lost record at that time, which was far below expectations for such a talented team, which is led by perhaps the most talented basketball player on the planet, the great LeBron James, and that numerous Cavs' losses came against sub-par teams, even playing poorly on their home court, where they have been almost invincible since the return of James.

I would like to respectfully offer this composition as a follow-up to a previous letter to the editor that I had written and that had appeared in the November 19 edition, in which I expressed my disappointment and concerns for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the current National Basketball Association season up to that time. Soon after, they found their way with a franchise-record-tying 13-game winning streak. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last eight road games.

James posted his second straight triple-double, third in the last four games, fifth this season and 60th of his career Saturday as the Cavaliers defeated the shorthanded but stubborn Utah Jazz 109-100. The latest triple-double also proved historic as James passed Larry Bird for sixth place all-time in that category.

"We've been playing good ball", James said. The pick from the Nets - which would be No. 10 at this point - would soften the blow if the team lost both James and Thomas, and had to move to an immediate rebuilding situation. "So that's who he is".

Dwyane Wade, who is 6-for-20 from the field in two games since missing one with a sore left knee, also won't play against the Wizards. His overall numbers on the season and his continued impact on Cleveland once again have him in the MVP mix.

In what might have been last season's best regular season game, James notched 32 points, a (then-career-high) 17 assists and seven boards.

"Team success is always the number one, but along the way if you're able (to) accomplish some individual awards, individual achievements, it would mean a lot", James said after Saturday's practice via ESPN.

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And, despite this being his 15th year, he's not letting age get in his way.

While the Cavaliers have zoomed up the Eastern Conference standings, the Wizards (16-13) have defined erratic, though they are now trending upward.

Said Lue: "He's in a good rhythm".

Bradley Beal is having an outstanding campaign through the first 29 games - leading Washington in scoring, averaging a career-best 23.6 ppg. The Washington Wizards are averaging 105.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting. "I don't think there is necessarily a player like that out there, at least not what's been talked about so far". The small forward had 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists at that point.

The Cavaliers have been a central piece of the last few National Basketball Association championship races, but they need a contingency for a potential future without James.

"I don't know how to describe my words right now", the 22-year-old said. Thompson won't play tonight in Washington.



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