After all the hype of this past off-season, particularly that surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers, their opening game on Thursday night was a very big anti-climax.
Pretty much everyone is expecting big things from the Cavaliers this season but their opening game loss to the New York Knicks certainly lowered the intensity of those expectations.
The expectations however largely rest on the shoulders of one man, Cleveland native and returning hero LeBron James.
In the Knicks game, LeBron came up trumps, he was the third highest scorer on the night for the Cavaliers and fourth overall with Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks dominating the game.
When the Cavaliers lost their first home game to the Knicks, it sent shock waves throughout the NBA and created one big question.
- Cavs and Celtics target waiting to return
- LeBron James with brazened showboating after his first bucket with Cavaliers
- Michael Jordan calls out President Barack Obama
The Cavaliers travelled to the Chicago Bulls in their second game and creating a clash of two of the favourites for the championship this year.
This time however it was a different story, LeBron finally showed his worth as he dominated the match scoring 36 points.
LeBron came away with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block in what was truly an MVP worthy performance.
Tristan Thompson also came away with the Cavaliers franchise record for most offensive rebounds in a single game with an impressive 12.
James wasn't the only one to shine in Chicago however as team-mate Kyrie Irving also came away with 23 points to his name.
It wasn't completely easy for the Cavaliers however as they were forced to overtime in order to get the 114-108 win.
No more setbacks
After LeBron's 36 point game and Tristan Thompson's record breaking night, it goes without saying the Cavaliers have redeemed what they lost on Thursday night.
But now that teams will be in fear of them once again after a big statement in Chicago, Up next for the Cavaliers is a trip to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Whilst on their four game road trip, they face trips to Portland, the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets and they will surely be hoping to come away with a 4-1 record when they finally return to Ohio.
LeBron with an emphatic layup:
Chicago Bulls defence with incredible play: