Last night we witnessed the birth of something truly special. Just a day after LeBron James stated, “You can either play selfishly and lose or play as a team and win. Pick one,” the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers responded in convincing fashion. The Cavaliers went on to assist on 25 of their 40 made baskets — compared to Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz when they only had six assists the entire game — and trumped the Denver Nuggets 110-101 on Friday night. Although there were many positives aspects to take away from last night’s victory, five stood out in particular. Here are the 5 key takeaways from last night’s victory over the Nuggets.
1. Scoring Is Not An Issue
This was pretty evident since the complete roster overhaul of the 2014-15 season, but last night exemplified the trait. Seven out of 10 players who played scored in double figures and nobody on the roster took over 20 shots. What does this mean? Well first, it means almost any player on the roster could go off for 20+ on any given night. But also, it means that the team isn’t reliant on one, two, or even three players to shoulder the scoring load.