LeBron James says defense has been the key to the Cavaliers’ current five-game winning streak.
“We haven’t done much changing, we’ve stuck to our game plan and tried to execute that as close to 48 minutes as possible,” James told reporters Wednesday via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
The Cavaliers are still statistically the worst team in the league in points allowed per game with 110.8 points per contest, but in their last five games they are allowing just 102.6 points per game. James said that is entirely to do with sticking to the defensive game plan.
“No matter if it’s been going well at times or whatever the case may be, we just stuck with it,” he said. “Understand that we have to do that, get that down until we’re ready to kind of switch off to something else. I give that a lot of credit.”
The Cavaliers have stuck to a consistent lineup with Kevin Love playing center and Jae Crowder at power forward during the winning streak, according to head coach Tyronn Lue.