July 1, 2016

Partly sunny

Cavaliers on verge of history


Random thoughts from the stands at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers continue to post victories and move up the NBA’s all-time leader board.

By winning their first 21 games at “The Q,” red-hot Cleveland now is tied for the seventh-longest home winning streak to start a season.

It’s just the fifth time since the NBA/ABA merger that a team has carried an undefeated record into the second half of its season – and puts the Cavaliers on the verge of history.

If the wine and gold can defeat the Clippers on Friday, it will move into a tie for the sixth-best start ever and tie the franchise record of 22 straight home wins set in 1988-89.

The latter streak is also the longest in Cleveland sports history, exceeding the best the Indians (18) and Browns (12) have put up in their existence by significant margins. …

The Cavaliers re-claimed the best record in basketball late Tuesday when Charlotte upset the Lakers in Los Angeles. The Bobcats’ win was fun to watch as Cleveland washout Shannon Brown played great in double overtime, while Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was relegated to the bench.

If Charlotte resists the urge to trade starting point guard Raymond Felton, it could sneak into the playoffs and wind up playing the Cavaliers in the opening round. …

Congratulations to FS Ohio and the Cavaliers for having the highest-rated local telecasts in the NBA. Cleveland’s 7.7 cable rating has shot past previous TV champion San Antonio (5.8) and represent a 130.3 percent increase from last season.

Putting the Cavaliers’ remarkable ratings in perspective, their local broadcasts rank fourth among all pro teams in 2008-09. Only the Boston Red Sox (10.1), Buffalo Sabres (8.9) and St. Louis Cardinals (7.9) have more of a stranglehold on their fans’ sets. …

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant much of the North Coast media is about the NBA. The latest example came two days ago after Mo Williams exploded for 43 points in Cleveland’s victory over Sacramento.

Several talking heads immediately claimed that Williams’ outburst was all about convincing the Eastern Conference coaches to vote him into the All-Star Game.

Problem is the coaches’ ballots were due three hours before the Cavaliers and Kings tipped off, making Williams’ career-best performance irrelevant to their thought process.

These kind of factual errors happen all the time because too many media members don’t bother to do any research before opening their mouths.

There is a simple rule that everyone in the press should follow: If you can’t talk or write about something intelligently, don’t do it at all. …Williams’ monster outing was reminiscent of two other cold winter nights at the then-Gund Arena. He had the same magic shooting touch that Ricky Davis (45) and Bobby Phills (43) possessed when they set pro scoring highs in the building.

Davis and Phills never played at a higher level than they did in those contests against the Bucks and Trail Blazers, respectively. Here’s hoping Williams doesn’t follow that same script, but it’s hard to imagine him ever being sharper than he was against the Kings.

Dulik may be reached at brisports@hotmail.com or 330-721-4059.