Cleveland Cavaliers’ coaching change was a ‘wake-up call’ that forced everyone to look in the mirror

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s now been a week since John Beilein resigned and J.B. Bickerstaff stepped in as head coach.

Not all of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ problems followed Beilein out of the practice facility that night when he delivered an emotional farewell. But the early results are favorable.

The Cavs won their second straight game on Wednesday — a wire-to-wire gem against the Philadelphia 76ers. On Monday, it was a gutty come-from-behind stunner against the Miami Heat. Back-to-back wins against a pair of playoff teams. The last time that happened was about a year and a half ago, when the Cavs must have summoned some kind of sorcery to topple Philadelphia and Houston on consecutive nights.

When this week started, the Cavs had two victories all season against opponents with a record above .500. They’ve now doubled that. They’re 3-1 under Bickerstaff and have won four of the last five overall, matching their best stretch over the last two seasons.

Even with any kind of level head and a healthy dose of perspective — a recognition that the Heat and 76ers are Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to home/road splits and each was playing without an All-Star — it’s tough to undersell the impact of the recent coaching swap.

The Cavs are different with Bickerstaff. They’re better — in many ways. It starts with their collective attitude.

“I think it’s a wake-up call for everybody when your coach gets…

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