The NBA Schedule is officially being released soon. That hasn’t stopped news from being released. The latest news is that the NBA All Star break will be extended:
In the middle of that is all of the All Star festivities but 8 days between games means a number of good things for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs are likely to have 3 players playing in, and likely starting, the All Star Game in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Those players will not get a day or two before and after the All Star events.
The Cavs have also added some age to their youth movement. Players like Mike Miller, James Jones and Anderson Varejao, as well as possibly Shawn Marion and/or Ray Allen, will all benefit from more then a week off between games. A time to rest muscles and bones as well as heal from a number of injuries. Nagging hamstring, back and groin problems could get the time they need to impact the second half of the season.
The Cavs, with all their new players, will also have time to readjust strategy, work on game film and practice in order to fix any on court chemistry issues. Normally during the season there are few times that practice is even a possibility. With this break a practice or two might be necessary to keep the rust off. Those practices, as well as refreshed players, could greatly impact the quality of play on the court.
All around the new schedule seems to be a big benefit to the Cavs. As we covered earlier the team doesn’t have to open with the Spurs and get the defensively weak Knicks instead to open the season. The All Star Break could make a far bigger impact.
What do you think about the new, longer break?