Random dribbles on the Cleveland Cavaliers following an easy 113-91 win over the host Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
1. Not going to spend a lot of time here, because the Cavs have another game Tuesday (at home, vs. the Miami Heat). But this was a nice win, the Cavs' eighth in a row. It was also a game I at least half-expected them to lose.
2. The Sixers are a young, talented team with superstars in the making in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. (And who knows what might become of rookie Markelle Fultz?) But this was a good example of the older guys just understanding how to play the pro game, how to out-think and even bully the opposition. The Sixers have potential; the Cavs have now.
3. Aside from the whole Derrick Rose situation, the Cavs are now a team with little drama and lots of taking care of business. LeBron James, of course, is leading the way in that area. He scored 30 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and passed for six assists.
4. LeBron to reporters on the Sixers: "These guys are starting to turn the corner here. They have some great wins this year. We had to come in with the mindset that this isn't the Sixers of three years ago, four years ago. They're starting to turn the corner and you have to be locked in from the onset."
5. In other words, James knew what people such as myself were thinking -- that the Sixers were an opponent that could snap the Cavs' winning streak. So James took this regular-season game extra seriously, something he doesn't always do.
6. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to the media on LeBron: "He got us off to a good start, making the shots, being aggressive, attacking the basket and everyone kind of followed. We knew they were a good team, they've been playing well, playing hard. We knew it was going to be a tough place to play. I didn't expect this outcome, but we played well tonight."
7. Dwyane Wade was also very good, with 15 points and an emphatic swat of an Embiid shot. Wade, 35, is a guard, but he may be the Cavs' best interior defender.
8. Jeff Green (14 points, 10 boards) had another nice game off the bench and Kevin Love (13 points) made some nice plays early. Also, Jae Crowder did a nice job defensively on Simmons, before Simmons left with an ankle injury.
9. Crowder on defending Simmons: "I wanted to guard him a little differently than how I've been watching other teams guard so far off him and let him get a head of steam and go downhill. I feel pretty good. It was a good challenge."
10. This will be Wade's first time against the Heat in a Cavs uniform, and his former coach, Erik Spoelstra, offered some praise. "I think the role that he's in is going to be one of the most impactful roles in the league," Spoelstra said, to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Should be an interesting game all the way around, with Miami's Dion Waiters returning to Cleveland once again. The former Cavs shooting guard is always fun.
11. As an aside, it was the Heat who snapped the Celtics' 16-game winning streak last week. The Cavs' eight-game streak is the league's longest.