Jan 24, 2024 - Sports

Cavs Corner, Week 13: Let them cook!

Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff gestures to player Isaac Okoro (in white jersey)

Coach Bickerstaff has the Cavs humming. Photo: Nick Cammett/Getty Images

The Cavs haven't lost a game since Jan. 1 and are disemboweling opponents left and right with suffocating defense and breathtaking offense.

Record: (26-15); Last week: (23-15)

Weekly slate: Win vs. Milwaukee (135-95); Win at Atlanta (116-95); Win at Orlando (126-99)

The big picture: The Cavs are the NBA's best team (a scorching 13-3) since Dec. 15. They're playing exhilarating basketball.

👏 Weekly winner: Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. When a team hustles this hard on the defensive end, you know they've bought in. That's good coaching.

  • Per Cleveland.com, Bickerstaff has motivated his team with the creation of a new defensive statistical category — the "suffocate" — which equates to three straight defensive stops.

🚫 Weekly loser: Tristan Thompson. The NBA announced Tuesday that the backup big man has been suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

By the numbers: With his 12th straight double-double Monday, Jarrett Allen now owns the longest streak in Cavs' franchise history.

💬 Quote of the week: "Lose my number."

What's next: Wednesday at Milwaukee; Friday at Milwaukee; Monday vs. L.A. Clippers.


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