The Cleveland Cavaliers (6-1) are having a great start to their season despite facing injuries to star PG Kyrie Irving, solid starter in Iman Shumpert, and J.R Smith who has been out for the last three games.

However, franchise player Lebron James will continue trying to lead this hurting team forward to a 7-1 start as they face off with the Jazz today.

After the Cavaliers lost their season opener in Chicago 97-95, a win today against the Jazz would put them at seven straight victories.

The Cavaliers won their last game in a tight matchup against their Eastern Conference foe, the Indiana Pacers. James finished with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 35 minutes. More notably, Kevin Love had a monster game, finishing with 22 points and 19 rebounds in 39 minutes. Also, Tristan Thompson is starting to show signs of why he signed a 5 year-$82 million contract, coming up with 16 points and 8 rebounds in his 30 minutes off the bench.

Dealing with the knee James took to a leg Friday against Philadelphia, head coach David Blatt has been impressed with James’ performance through the pain.

“Most guys probably wouldn’t have played with what he had, and he played, and you saw how he played,” Blatt stated. “The guy is unbelievable. He really is. I don’t have a better word than that.”

Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel couldn’t agree more. “LeBron is the best player in the game,” he said. “We all know that.”

Most notably in the last victory, Lebron James passed Jerry west with his 9,018th field goal in the 3rd quarter, moving into 19th place on the all-time field goal list.

The Jazz (4-2) have a record that in my eyes doesn’t really show the potential this team really has. With a powerhouse center in Rudy Gobert, and strong pieces in Hayward, Favors, Hood, Burks, and Burke, this young team has real potential in making a bang in the Western Conference this season.

With notable wins over the Pacers, Nuggets, and Grizzlies early in the season, the Utah Jazz are not just a team the Cavaliers can step all over on.

Mozgov will have the young Gobert all over him in today’s matchup. Can the Russian monster stop this young French star?

In their recent victory against the Grizzlies, Favors finished with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and Hayward finished with 18 points. Off the bench, the Jazz did get the more than common motivation from Trey Burke, who finished with 24 points.

The Cavaliers (6-1) will face off against the Jazz at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Tune in to this inter-conference matchup at 7pm ET.

 

Hagop Margossian

Spark Sports NBA Analyst

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