You do the math.
When it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, their big three, an absolute necessity for competing on a consistent basis in the National Basketball Association, consists of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and some unknown named LeBron James. You would at least expect the team to get off to a slow start in the first quarter. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue pulled four of his five starters with 1:48 left in the third and Cleveland ahead by 42. The Cavs built a 34-point (72-38) halftime lead. They lost their seventh straight game to match their longest skid since February 1999, during Nowitzki's rookie season.
"I'm shooting the shots that are there, not hesitating and catching a rhythm", he said.
Injuries have taken a toll on Dallas, but it's arguably been worse for the Mavericks than this one.
"At the beginning of the season, it was: Can you score consistently?" He also needs to improve his three-point accuracy so that defenses will play him closely out to the three-point line, which will allow him to utilize his improving ball-handling skills to attack the basket.
And the Cavs showed no mercy. Love, who established a Cleveland team record for points in any period, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including a career-high eight 3-pointers on 10 attempts in the first on Wednesday.
After the team's first 13 games, Love has gotten off to his best start as a Cavalier. The often maligned PF for the Cavaliers delivered his best performance yet as a member of the wine and gold as he scorched the Blazers for 34 points in the first quarter to set the tone.
The Cavs led by 20 after one, a reminder of how immediately this one turned hilarious, or ugly, depending on the side. Leonard was 14 for 21 from the field.
Paul Millsap added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. JaMychal Green generated 10 points and 11 rebounds.
LeBron James had 19 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action while Tristan Thompson grabbed 12 boards to go along with his 11 points.
And that's not to mention the fact that LeBron James ploughed ahead after the first quarter and put up a lazy triple-double as well.
The Suns snapped a three-game losing streak and finished 2-4 on a six-game trip.
Meanwhile, James registered the 44th triple-double of his career with a tally of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Frye's mother, Karen Mulzac-Frye, passed away last month following a battle with cancer. "I'm not trying to be nonchalant about it, but sometimes when you're in it you don't necessarily feel it", Love said afterward. We talked about this going back to early July when we signed him, that there were going to be situations like this in this new situation for him where the load was going to be heavier and he should look forward to it and prepare for it.