Originally posted on Stepien Rules  |  Last updated 3/1/12

In the first six quarters immediately following the All Star Break, the Cavaliers had outscored their opponents 144-135. They'd lose to the Celtics by three on Tuesday though, and then get their doors blown off by the Knicks in the next two quarters on Wednesday.

After leading in New York by as many as 17 points late in the first half, the Cavaliers would be outscored 71-42 in the second half, and lose their 3rd straight game overall. The Knicks moved to 18-18 with the win, and that record's good for 8th place in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are now 13-20, after losing 6 of their last 10, and just as soon as those playoff whispers started to become audible they've been shushed even quicker.

However...

The good news is Tristan Thompson is playing his best basketball of the season right now. In the last six games, Tristan's averaging 10.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per night. He's only needed 24 minutes per game to post those numbers too, and he only needed 16 minutes to register a double / double against the Hornets just prior to All Star Weekend. That dunk he had in the first half on Wednesday came off a nice post move also, and here's hoping he continues trending upward as the season moves on.



Whether he ends up getting traded or not, Ramon Sessions just turned in a pretty solid month of February. He's averaging 10 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds on the season, and during this past month he bested each one of those categories with averages of 12, 7, and 4 in 29 minutes per night. Sessions also connected on 12 three pointers during the month of February, and as a reminder, he made 13 total in the 4 years he played coming into this season. There's essentially nothing more Ramon can do to max out his trade value here heading into the March 15th deadline, so we'll see what happens. 


The opportunity to watch Kyrie Irving square off against Derrick Rose on Friday in Cleveland is still fun regardless of record. Thirty-three games into his NBA career, Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. As mentioned, his team is 13-20. Through Derrick Rose's first thirty-three games, he averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 assist, and 3.6 rebounds. Rose's Bulls were 14-19 at that point too, one game better than Kyrie's Cavaliers. Last time the Bulls were in town the crushed the Cavaliers without Rose in the line-up. So this time, it'll obviously be even more of a challenge, but I have a feeling Irving holds his own with the reigning MVP. 

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