It's been awhile since we've heard about the coaching deficiencies of David Blatt. No rumbles about a feud between the Cavaliers head coach and LeBron James. No talks of player mutinies, behind-the-back timeouts or people within the locker room losing faith.
Victories tend to do that. After losing six straight games and seeing their season toe rock bottom, the Cavaliers have responded by winning six in a row, defeating the Clippers, Bulls and Thunder along the way. The Cavs lead the NBA in net rating (16) and offensive efficiency (119 points per 100 possessions) over that span. LeBron has been dominant and decisive, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are playing their semi-supporting roles to perfection and the newcomers (Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert) have become immediate critical contributors.
Things are still far from perfect in Cleveland despite that rosy picture. Even during the team's six-game winning streak the Cavs' defense ranks just No. 17 in the league. And despite the offensive success and the clearer definition of roles, the team ranked dead last in assist percentage (51.2).
But there are plenty of reasons to believe the Cavs have turned the corner. Half a season isn't a ludicrous amount of time for a new Big Three to mesh -- particularly one with two-thirds completely green to winning -- and there have been peripheral additions as well. A learning curve is to be expected with so many new pieces in place, even if it isn't always tolerated when the team is losing.
So enjoy the respite, Blatt. The Cavaliers are winning games, the national media is focused on deflated footballs and you're free to coach your incredibly talented team and try to mold them into a contender in peace.
Or at least until the next losing streak.
Here's where all 30 teams stand in this week's NBA Power Rankings.
(All stats and records through Jan. 25).