CLEVELAND: As we round the quarter pole of the season, now seems as good a time as any to make a big-picture evaluation of where the Cavaliers are headed. Coaches and executives like to give their teams at least 20 games, believing that is a fair sample size off which to make judgments about their team going forward.
NEW ORLEANS: No matter how high he jumps or how far he flies, LeBron James can’t outrun Father Time. With his 30th birthday fast approaching, James might be acknowledging his future for the first time.
OKLAHOMA CITY: The Cavaliers were already without their biggest star Thursday and for at least a few scary minutes, appeared to lose a second. Kyrie Irving ultimately checked out fine, but the Cavs’ eight-game winning streak ended Thursday with a 103-94 loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder.