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Turnaround: Cavs winning games, respect with shocking start

Darius Garland
Posted at 7:06 PM, Dec 15, 2021

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ plan, crafted last summer by the team’s front office and coaching staff, called for growth this season.

Not this.

Not this soon, anyway.

A 22-win, tough-to-watch team last season and forecast by the experts and Las Vegas oddsmakers to be only slightly better than that, the Cavs are 17-12 and currently holding the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference.

It's been a stunning turnaround for a young team.

Rookie forward Evan Mobley has been a major reason for the Cavs' rise.

The No. 3 overall draft pick has been better than advertised and is the frontrunner for rookie of the year honors.