It's looking more and more like last year's 66 wins were the aberration.
No. Those other years when the Cavs averaged 50 wins they were playing with guys like Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden in the starting lineup. Last year they upgraded the guards with Mo Williams and Delonte West, with Joe Smith coming off the bench. Last year's team was simply much better from a personnel standpoint than those teams from previous years. The 66 wins was legit.
This year the team is even better on paper with Shaq, Anthony Parker, and Moon replacing Joe Smith, Szerbiak, and Sasha. Plus, Boobie is finally healthy and hitting his shots and JJ Hickson has returned from his back injury. On paper this team is very much improved from last year.
So why can't they beat anybody with a winning record so far?
Last night against the Knicks we didn't see Shaq and Z on the court together. Maybe we're done with that unfortunate experiment. Brown also went back to bringing Andy off the bench like last year, with Hickson taking Ben Wallace's role as the starting power forward whose job is mainly defense and rebounding. Hopefully that will work out.