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Video: Cavaliers’ future? Tristan block leads to Irving assist on Bennett dunk

If the Cavaliers are to become title contenders anytime soon, the trio of Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett will need to elevate each others’ game. Sort of like this sequence during Monday night’s preseason win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Cavaliers won 104-93. Irving finished with 17 points and 12 assists. Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 16 rebounds. Anthony Bennett had nine points and five boards.

[Related: Irving captivates Columbus crowd in preseason win]

  • jeff

    The Cavs future includes LeBron James.

  • Jared Mueller

    Wooo and Hooo

  • SpaceDawg

    If that’s the case, then my future doesn’t include the Cavs.

  • jeff

    So you would not be a part of multiple championships out of spite?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Bye.

  • mgbode

    you have to admit that it’d take some of the joy out of it.

  • matt underwood

    forever F LeBron in his A.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I would like to win one without him so I wouldn’t have to listen to the narrative of how he came back to this franchise and bestowed his glorious talents upon us to become the Savior of Cleveland.

  • Harv 21

    love how Tristan immediately raced out on the break – without woofing at the guy he blocked – and then signaled Kyrie where to find the trailer. Fans may argue forever whether he should have been #4 overall but it’s so easy to root for a kid who tries to do everything the right way.

  • thenoclist

    Do you know how good this team is going to be if Andrew Bynum gets any time at all? Really good is the correct answer.

  • Jay

    Thank you. I was more pleased about him hustling down the floor after the block than anything else in that sequence.

  • jeff

    I certainly understand that but I just want to win. I don’t care with who. What would be better than LeBron coming home and winning a title with Kyrie, Tristan, Dion, Andy etc..But I do get why you feel that way.

  • jeff

    Imagine next year when LeBron comes back.

  • jeff

    I do admit that. You are correct. Can’t argue that.

  • jeff

    I didn’t notice that until you pointed that out. What a great player.

  • Jacob Miller

    This might be crazy, and is more than unlikely BUT if everyone stays healthy throughout the season and Bynum looks the way he did in LA, DIon makes the strides that many expect him to and Kyrie continues to dominate this team could make a legitimate run at a top 3 seed in the east.

  • whosevelt

    Please don’t do this. If you make this a thing, it will all end in tears.

  • Steve

    OK, that’s a bit crazy. Miami, Indiana, Chicago (with Rose back) and Brooklyn (I’d guess those guys have one more year in them) have the top four pretty solidly locked up.

  • saggy

    does anyone know anything about the NBA League Pass?

    It says you can purchase the pass for just a handful of teams at a discount. I would be into that but I can’t figure out if you MUST watch the games ONLY on your computer, or if you can get them on TV. I’d rather pony up the extra $50 to be able to watch them on my TV.

  • mgbode

    in the past, the smaller option was online only. not sure if they have changed it for this season as I haven’t checked yet.

  • Jason Hurley

    Except that his talents are rather glorious…so, there’s that.

  • Jacob Miller

    I know its crazy and I would never bet on that, but it is sports and crazy things happen. The cavs have the pieces to become something special if the stars align. If Bynum can return his LA form, and now being paired with a very good PG we could be looking at the best PG/C combo in the East. Miami is locked in at No. 1 until they lose LeBron, and Indiana is a very solid team with a good head coach. After that though, I am not crazy about either Chicago (lacking a real big time player after Rose), and I just don’t have a great feeling Brooklyn, something just doesn’t feel right with that team. So, my argument lacks depth, but I don’t think it’s totally misguided.

  • Bob

    Great highlight but Kyrie had a blatant double-dribble.

  • swig

    Connect your computer to the TV? Not sure how the quality stacks up, my only experience was watching with a friend 3 years ago and it was pretty bad, but I would hope things are better now.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    “What would be better than LeBron coming home and winning a title with Kyrie, Tristan, Dion, Andy etc..”
    Winning a ring with Kyrie, Tristan, Dion, Bennett and without Lebron. That would be better. Then, should he try to come back, we can stop any and all storylines about him coming back and spoiling us with his talents and saving the city of Cleveland.

    It’s the non-stop storylines that would accompany it (after the way he left) that would bother me more than anything.

    That being said, he is the most talented player in the league..and I’d take him back if I knew it would guarantee a ring.

  • jeff

    Exactly..people can roll the dice and try winning without LeBron..I will take the almost guarantee of winning one with him. Not really a hard concept to me but it appears people’s hurt feelings four summers ago are still clouding their judgment.

  • mgbode

    it’s not clouding our judgement. it’s allowing our emotional investment in our team to be part of our judgement. the journey to the championship is important to many of us and having LeBron back would make that painful process.

    first, I don’t think he’d come back. I still think he’d visit and play it up as a way of demonstrating that Cleveland fans do want him back and be the last brick on his PR campaign. Then, he’d go where he wants to go (back to Miami, LAL, etc.).

    second, if he somehow did come back, then it’d be awfully painful that first year. all the stories and interviews with him. you just know that he’s going to come across poorly in them (it would be tough not to and he isn’t the best interviewee for all his other talents).

    to me, it’s hard to weigh that against knowing we are instant contenders. yeah, we likely get a championship, but I want to enjoy the ride to it. I can honestly say that a championship would mean less to me if we sign him back.

  • Backwoods

    Was it too much to keep up hope that Carr would have a new catch phrase this year?

    Looks like another year of hammers being thrown…

  • hash

    I thought I saw that too.