The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the night with the best record in the association at 55-13. Halfway through March they Cav’s have secured their first division title in 33 years and done it with a home record of 31-1, with the Lakers coming in 2nd at 31-5. Looking at their upcoming schedule, I don’t see why the Cav’s should lose another game at home until the playoffs and I don’t think they can afford to. Lebron has come out and said that he wants to play out the rest of the season to make sure they secure home court where they have been absolutely dominant. With the fairly new NBA finals format, the team without home court has to try to sweep the middle three games which is a daunting task. Seeing that the Cav’s have lost their last three games on the road v/s the teams in the hunt for home court by double digits, this may be the most important goal they need to achieve in the regular season.
The Night in Numbers:
41-28 Record for both teams as the Hawks kept rolling at home with a win over the Mavericks
31 3’s taken by the Maverick’s compared to only 13 FT’s taken – The Mav’s only converted on 19% of those three’s
4 Triple-Double’s for Lebron James in March including tonight where the Cav’s needed an extra 5 min to close out the Blazers
42.5 FG% was the average between the two teams tonight – Not pretty, but the Blazers got help from Frye (14) as did the Cav’s from Joe Smith (12)
50 was the magic number tonight as the Lakers converted on 50% of their 3’s and shot 50% from the floor to get the win over the Warriors
52 of the Warriors 106 points came courtesy of Ellis and Azubuike who carried the load as Jackson and Maggette struggled and shot a combined 7 for 25.
I must have checked my brackets at least 20+ times throughout the day and 13 of 16 is not too shabby but unlike most years there were not too many upsets on Day 1. The story of the day wasn’t a typical Cinderella one, rather it was the absence of Jim Calhoun on the sidelines as UConn got the win over Chattanooga. 11 of the 16 games were decided by double digits and the only game that resembled an upset was W. Kentucky over the Illini. On this day Tyler Hansbrough became the leading scorer in ACC history grabbing the title from JJ Reddick, Roburt Sallie made 10 3’s a NCAA record to help Memphis come away with the Win and Robert Maynor had a chance to pull an upset over UCLA with the ball in his hands in the closing seconds of what was arguably the best game of the day.
Here’s hoping to a better day 2!!