Marc Stein must be tired of writing that the Cavaliers are No. 1, which they have been for the past seventh week. He's actually paying compliments to coach Mike Brown's offense:
The Cavs are three W's away from the longest win streak in team history, on pace to win 65 games again and you can't even knock Mike Brown's offense any more. Our clear-cut No. 1s are fifth in offensive efficiency.
When a national writer can't knock Brown's offense, something's amiss.
Stein's colleague at ESPN, John Hollinger, and his complicated formula which gives me headaches has the Cavs' ranked third in the league behind the Lakers and Utah Jazz. Reading about his methodology makes me realize why I became a journalism major.
The Cavs sit atop Chris Mannix's SI.com power rankings for a second week:
For the second year in a row, the Cavs are the focal point of trade rumors. And for the second year in a row, they have to be wondering why. Cleveland has won 11 in a row and is off to the second-best start in franchise history.
Cleveland's current two-game lead over the Lakers and six-game lead over the Magic, Celtics and Hawks in the loss-column are hardly insurmountable. But if the Cavs are playing this well without their second-best player, they're the clear favorites to finish the season with the league's best record. And that's critical, because they once again have the best home record in the league and have now won 20 of their last 21 games at "The Q."