CLEVELAND - The shortest month of the year ended up being the Cleveland Cavaliers' most successful one of the 2016-17 season thus far, as the Cavs closed out February with a 102-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
The NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James' recent illness and talk about the team's possible player acquisitions have overshadowed it, but Irving entered Monday having scored at least 20 points in eight straight games. It's one of the strongest arguments to make as to why James should be the league's MVP for the fifth time in his career.
The 12-year veteran was waived by the Mavericks on February 23 and nearly immediately was linked to the Cavs, along with center Andrew Bogut. "We get a chance to play together and of course competing for a championship is something that I haven't had a chance to do", said Williams, who agreed to a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets in 2015 before signing a one-year contract with the Mavs. With his 1st assist of the night at the 8:24 mark of the 1st quarter, Irving became the 8th player in franchise history to reach 2,000 career assists.
After the game, Dwyane Wade, who was teammates with LeBron for four seasons in Miami, thanked his buddy for staying home.
"I really think it's an incredible fit", Korver said.
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, but that doesn't mean a team can not add new players. Besides, Williams does not have to be at an all-star level anymore to make an impact.
After spending much of the weekend recovering, James felt he had enough energy to play and helped the Cavs close the month with a 9-2 record after going 7-8 in January.
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Deron William is shooting an eFG% of 55% in the pick & roll, but his passes out of it to spot up shooters are yielding an eFG% of 70%. "Yeah, that (stinks)", James said.
This is a move that will also coincide with more rest for LeBron James, and perhaps greater efficiency for Kyrie Irving, as the two floor generals are able to let Williams come in and orchestrate the second unit offense. Even if they were to get swept in the series and if they played each other in the playoffs, I would expect Cleveland to turn up the intensity, but it won't be easy.
"He wants to be a part of an opportunity to win a championship", Korver said.
There were no takers on the waiver wire for Williams and what's left of his $9 million contract, though it is believed Williams' powerful agent, Jeff Schwartz, warned interested parties not to claim his client, who wanted to join Cleveland. "You know what I mean?"
"Deron is someone who can play with the ball".
According to Chris Broussard, Deron Williams will act as a superb Backup point guard as he is not in his best form right now.