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Cavs lose second straight in embarrassing fashion

Apr 13, 2014 -- 12:06am

By Emmett Golden | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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There was a good crowd on hand at the Q for one of the last home games this season. Having not covered a game in about a month I was excited to see if this Cavalier team could finish the season strong. Boy was I disappointed. It looked like the season was over for many of the players in Wine and Gold jerseys. They lost to the Celtics 111-99. The game wasn't as close as the final score made it look.

#KNRCavs– I asked Cavs fans on Twitter, who they thought was the MVP of the team this season. There was some great responses, here are a few of the best.

 

 

 

 

Slow Start– Cavs center Spencer Hawes hit a three for the first shot of the game. After that they struggled to put the ball in the basket. They finished the first quarter shooting only 25%. After the Hawes three the team only scored 15 points.

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson lead the team with four points apiece. All of Irving’s points coming from the free throw line. He picked it up a little bit in the second quarter to finish the half with 13 but he was 3-10 from the floor. Irving finished the game with 15 points. He wasn’t available for comment following the game. I’ll get into that later in my blog.

Not Falling– Dion Waiters had a tough start to the night. He began the game 0-5 from the floor. Four of his first five shots were jump shots. His first point came from the free throw line with 8:39 left in the half. He finished the half shooting 3-10 for 8 of his 15 points. Waiters attacked the basket more in the second. It was too little too late. 

“What I continue to preach to those two guys (Waiters and Irving) is drive the ball, get off of it,” said Cavs' head coach Mike Brown. “When you do that there’s a certain rhythm to the game and you can generate a lot of offense for everyone on the floor.”

Is It Over Yet?– The energy in this team left a lot to be desired. There were lazy passes and a lack of boxing out. It didn’t look like the Cavs big men were locked in at all. The Celtics center Kelly Olynyk dominated the Wine and Gold bigs. He finished the first half with 20 of his 25 points.

The Celtic finished the first half with an 18 point lead. They started the second half with a 7-0 run that prompted a quick timeout from Brown. Boston only had 8 healthy players for the game. At one point in the game the Cavs trailed the Celtics by 31 points. Brown was asked if guys have quit.

“I don’t know.” Said Brown. “When you watch us play we don’t look like we’re playing to get better. It looks like we’re playing, just going through the motions.”

Where They At?– After the game as the media filed in to the locker room Irving was walking out. Which was weird because he knows the media would like to ask him questions so they can use his quotes in their stories. Then I heard someone say “Hey Dion, you got a second before you get out of here?” He responded, “Nope.”

After I left the locker room to pack up for the night I saw Irving hanging out in the hallways of the Q talking and laughing with a few of his friends. He didn’t look like he was in a rush.

I’m sorry but leaving without talking to the media after a bad game is weak. I know people will say that I only care because it affects me and makes my job harder. That’s not true. My boss will not be upset with me at all and the fact that they didn’t talk helped me finish sooner than I normally would.

 It affects you the reader. The people who buy tickets and jerseys. The people that stick up for Irving and Waiters when someone says something negative about them in an article or on the radio. Don’t you want to know what they have to say?

These are the two players that fans look at as the leaders of this team. Spencer Hawes, you know, the guy that has only been here for a few months? He stood up and answered the tough questions.  I gained some respect for him after the game and lost a little for the “leaders” of this team.  

 

 

Cavs eliminated from playoffs despite thumping Pistons

Apr 09, 2014 -- 12:07am

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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The Cavs did their part Wednesday night beating the Pistons, 122-100 at Quicken Loans arena, but were eliminated from the playoff hunt.
 
Fast Break
  • Cavs’ C.J. Miles was out (ankle sprain) Wednesday night, along with Anthony Bennett (patellar tendon strain) and Carrick Felix (ankle sprain).
  • The Pistons were without Josh Smith (patella tendinitis) who was a game-time decision Wednesday night. Chuancey Billups was out (knee surgery) along with Will Bynum (sore foot) and Josh Harrellson (knee).
  • The Cavs were officially eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff race Wednesday night, when Atlanta beat Boston 105-97.
  • Cavs’ Dion Waiters lead all scores with 22 points. He also had eight assists.
  • The Cavs recorded a season high 41 assists and claimed a franchise record 26 assists in the first half Wednesday nights.
  • With Wednesday nights win over Detroit, Cavaliers’ head coach Mike Brown is now tied with Bill Fitch for the second-most wins in franchise history with 304. 
Twitter Question of the Night #KNRCavs
MVP of the Game – Matthew Dellavedova once again turned out a solid performance, as he recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 assists. In three games against the Pistons before Wednesday night’s game, Dellavedova was averaging 11.7 points per game on 64 percent (11-for-17) shooting. He also was shooting 75 percent (6-of-8) from behind the arc and averaging 4.7 assists per game.
 
The Cavs rookie class of Anthony Bennett, Sergey Karasev and Carrick Felix may all be major disappointments. However it’s Dellavedova, the guy who wasn’t even drafted, who’s shined out of all of them. If there’s any way of looking at the glass half full it’s in that perspective.
 
Playoff Elimination – From the start the Cavs should have never been in the position to be fighting for the final playoff spot or even being eliminated from the race. Instead they should have been gearing up for the playoffs, securing the seventh or sixth seed, but things don’t always go as planned. 
 
“We put ourselves in this hole,” said Cavs head coach Mike Brown. “I wish we could have a couple of those games back from early on. I can’t fault anybody but ourselves.”
 
The Cavs should have been a team this season at .500 or just a tad over that number. Instead, things just seemed to click a little to late for the Cavs down the stretch. Having a horrendous record of 4-12 early on in the season in the month of November didn’t help. Losing to teams such as the Bucks, 76ers and Celtics, all teams fighting for that coveted number one pick in the NBA Draft Lottery also didn’t help.
 
Like the Pistons, the Cavaliers expected to make the playoffs this season. These were two teams who had been stuck in rebuilding mode, while reconstructing through the draft for the past couple of seasons. Detroit spent money in free agency signing Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, while the Cavs signed Jarrett Jack, Earl Clark and Andrew Bynum. None of this worked, instead the two franchises let their fan base down and are headed back to the draft lottery sweepstakes, once again.
 
The Frontcourt – Usually going into each game there’s a matchup that stands out the most from others. On Wednesday the matchup between the Pistons’ and the Cavs’ frontcourt stood out. Entering this game it seemed Detroit had the advantage, however the trio of Spencer Hawes, Tyler Zeller and Anderson Varejao dominated the paint and the glass. The three combined to score 44 points on 27 shots, while hauling in 26 rebounds.
 
Final Thought – It was all Cavs from start to finish Wednesday night. The Pistons really didn’t seem to have a chance, nor did they seem interested to play this game. Hawes started things off with 13 points in the first eight minuets of the game, building a 10-point lead that stayed in double-digits for the rest of the game.
 
The ball movement and spacing by the Cavaliers was superb. They had a franchise record 26 assists in the first half alone, while finishing the game with 41. This is the type of performance by the offense that Brown has been preaching and looking for all season. The ball swung from side to side instead of sticking on one side, and every Cavalier except for Alonzo Gee who scored, shot over or at least 50 percent from the field.
 
Overall it was a complete game both offensively and defensively by the Cavaliers against a disinterested Pistons team, but it’s the elimination from the playoff race that hurts. Like Brown and Irving said in their post game interviews, you wish you could have a few games back. The only problem is what’s done is done, and for the Cavs they’re done until next season.
 
Worth Quoting – “It’s an empty feeling. You think about the things you could have done or should have done. It’s inevitable, especially as big a competitor as I am. It’s definitely going to be on my mind.”– Cavs’ Kyrie Irving on being eliminated from the playoff race
 
Up Next – The Cavs will hit the road Friday for one final time this season. Tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks is set for 8:30 p.m.
 
 

 

Cavs fall in overtime, Irving scores career-high 44 points

Apr 06, 2014 -- 12:37am

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points on Saturday, however the Cavs fell to the Bobcats in overtime at the Q, 96-94.
 
Fast Break
  • Cavs C.J. Miles was out (sprained ankle) Saturday night, along with Anthony Bennett (patellar tendon strain) and Carrick Felix (ankle sprain).
  • The Bobcats were without Brendan Haywood (stress fracture, foot), Josh McRoberts (ankle sprain) and Jeffery Taylor (ruptured achilles tendon).
  • Cavs’ Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points. He also had seven rebounds and eight assists.
  • Charlotte’s Al Jefferson had a double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
  • With their win Saturday night over the Cavs, the Bobcats clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2010.
Twitter question of the Night #KNRCavs
LVP of the Game – For the Cavs, everyone not named Kyrie Irving Struggled Saturday night. The Wine and Gold’s four starters were 12-of-43 from the field, shooting 27.9 percent. For the most part in the first half the Cavs had a lot of open looks but were unable to knock anything down. Outside of Irving, the only other Cavalier to score in double digits was Dion Waiters who had 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting. 
 
“Nobody could make a shot,” Cavs’ head coach Mike Brown said. “I thought the guys did a decent job of moving the ball and moving bodies, and we had some decent looks. The ball just didn’t go in.”
 
Career Night – Irving scored a career-high 44 points Saturday night, marking it his fifth-game in his career he’s scored 40 points or more. Irving seemed to play with some passion and anger, after being upset over comments made about him in an ESPN.com blog that said he wanted out of Cleveland. On top of Irving’s 44 points he also had seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. 
 
Irving took 31 shots and knocked down 16 of them, but sometimes you have to wonder if he tries to do too much. Does he not trust his teammates? Or does Mike Brown want him taking that many shots? Despite Irving playing very well, he did miss a pivotal shot with 8.9 seconds left in overtime, missing a wide-open 3-point shot. If Irving makes that shot, the Cavs would have had a 94-93 lead.
 
Slip, Sliding, Away – The Cavs aren’t mathematically out of the playoffs, but the writing’s on the wall. With 3 ½ games behind New York and Atlanta, and four games remaining overall, it’s about close to being done. 
 
Looking back at this season, there’s a lot of disappointment. This was a season that Cavs’ majority owner Dan Gilbert said he expected his team to not miss the playoffs. He expected them to no longer be a lottery team, but all of that has yet to change.
The Bobcats on the other hand clinched a playoff birth for the first time since 2010. They weren’t expected to make the playoffs, instead they were believed to be in the hunt for one of the top picks in the lottery once again. However, Charlotte has played decent basketball this year, improving to 21 wins from last season.
 
Where Are You ?– Jarrett Jack in his last two games has been pretty much non existent since Irving has returned from his biceps injury. A lot of this has to do with the fact the he is now coming off the bench and not starting. The decrease in minuets is surely factored in, however in Jack’s last two games he’s scored a combined 14 points. He’s gone 5-of-21 from the field and shooting 23.8 percent. Jack is also shooting 1-of-7 from behind the arc, while only dishing out four total assists.
 
Jack Saturday night, had five points and was 1-of-8 from the field, with two assists and three personal fouls. Like many of the Cavaliers Saturday evening, shots were just not going down for Jack.
 
Final Thought – Offensively, this game started out horrible. Both teams at the end of the first half were shooting under 40 percent and it was a 40-33 game. If it weren’t for Irving, the Cavaliers would have never been in this game. Brown even made the comment that there were a few Cavaliers through out the game, who seemed to lack a sense of urgency. For the most part this was a game that displayed why the Cavaliers aren’t a true playoff team. 
 
Worth Quoting – “In this game, anything can happen. I know the Knicks and Hawks play some pretty tough teams coming up. I’ll definitely be watching. We’ll see.” – Cavs’ Kyrie Irving on the playoffs
 
Up Next – The Cavs will hit hardwood again on Wednesday when they take on the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 

 

Cavaliers better not lose again if they want to make playoffs

Apr 01, 2014 -- 10:38am

By Bruce Hooley | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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The Cavaliers most likely need to borrow a page from their neighbors across the street if they are going to fulfill owner Dan Gilbert’s wish for a playoff berth in their fourth LeBron James-less season.

Just like the Indians, who won 10 straight to end the regular season and squeeze into the playoffs last year, the Cavs have no wiggle room in their push to overtake New York and Atlanta for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

At 30-45 entering a Wednesday game at Orlando, the Cavaliers cannot do better than finish eight games under .500, and that assumes they win all seven of their remaining games to win up 37-45.

Whether Kyrie Irving’s possible return tomorrow night would help or hinder that is unknown.

Whether Anderson Varejao can return from a right shoulder injury he suffered Sunday in a win over Indiana is also unknown.

What’s more certain is the Cavs best not tempt fate by losing again, because they do not hold the advantage in head-to-head tiebreakers against Atlanta (Hawks won two of three vs. Cavs), New York (better record vs. Eastern Conference than Cavs, given split of two games between the teams) or in a three-way tiebreaker with Atlanta and New York (Hawks’ 2-1 edge on Cavs proves decisive).

Closing with seven straight wins may seem far-fetched, but remember, the Cavs won six straight immediately after Gilbert fired GM Chris Grant on Feb. 6. So, they are capable of putting together a streak and the schedule ahead is favorable.

After Orlando, the Cavaliers absolutely, positively, must win Friday in Atlanta. If not, gaining a playoff spot is likely all but gone.

After that, the Cavaliers play Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee, Boston and Brooklyn.

There isn’t a game on the Cavs’ schedule remotely as daunting as several on Atlanta’s or New York’s schedules the rest of the way.

The Hawks (32-41, 3 games up on the Cavs) play six of their remaining nine games at home. However, two of their nine games are on the road at Indiana and Brooklyn. They also play home against Chicago and Miami.

The Knicks (32-43, 1 back of Atlanta, 2 up on the Cavs), play four at home and three on the road to finish the season. New York is the hottest of the three teams vying for the eighth spot, having won seven of its past 10 games.

But games at Miami, at Toronto and at Brooklyn appear more problematic for the Knicks than anything left in front of the Cavaliers.

If the Hawks lose all four to Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn and Miami, but win their other five, they will finish 37-45.

The Knicks must beat Brooklyn, Chicago and Toronto at home, plus find a way to steal a road win at Miami, Toronto or Brooklyn to get to 37-45.

The Cavaliers must win all seven left on the schedule to finish 37-45.

But a tie won’t get it done for the Cavs, so they have no apparent margin for error with 16 days left in the season.

Having won four of five already, the Cavaliers’ only practical path to the playoffs means they likely must close with 11 wins in their last 12 games.

Maybe Mike Brown should give Terry Francona a call.

 

Bruce Hooley hosts "Hooley & Jerod" from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

Email Bruce hoolz@espncleveland.com

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Cavs win solid game from start to finish, Varejao injured again

Mar 30, 2014 -- 9:10pm

By Chris Coon  | ESPNCleveland.com

 
 
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The Cavs handed the Indiana Pacers their fifth straight road loss Sunday afternoon, as they fell 90-76 at the Q.
 
Fast Break
  • Cavs’ Kyrie Irving missed his eighth straight game (biceps strain). C.J. Miles (ankle sprain), Anthony Bennett (patellar tendon strain) and Carrick Felix (patellar stress fracture) where all out for Sunday’s game. 
  • The Pacers’ Andrew Bynum was out (sore knee) and did not travel to Cleveland with Indiana. C.J. Watson (hamstring strain) was also out. 
  • Six Cavaliers scored in double digits, including Dion Waiters who lead all scorers in the game with 19 points. 
  • The Cavs’ Anderson Varejao suffered a strained right shoulder in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. 
  • The Cavs are now 2 ½ games back from Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 
Question of the afternoon #KNRCavs
MVP of the Game – If the Cavs are done for the season, certainly nobody has told Dion Waiters. Waiters scored 19 points Sunday, making it his 10th straight game where he’s scored 15 or more in a game. He scored nine of his 19 in the fourth quarter and earlier in the game got hot, knocking down his first three shots. It came to the point where Indiana switched off Lance Stephenson and guarded him with Paul George instead. 
 
Not Good – Anderson Varejao headed to the locker room late in the second quarter, after suffering a strained right shoulder. He will be re-evaluated Monday, Cavs head coach Mike Brown said after the game Sunday. 
 
Varejao left the game with six points and six rebounds in 14 minuets of play against the Pacers. He has already missed 15 games this season due to multiple injuries.
 
The Floor General – Jarrett Jack has been solid since Kyrie Irving’s injury and has seemed to make Waiters a better player as well. Many have made the note of how well Waiters has been playing since Irving was sidelined, but without Jack moving the ball, Waiters wouldn’t be as successful. 
 
“Jack’s leadership on the floor and off the floor has been terrific,” Brown said. “At times in the past, when we’re down, we’d rush. We go too fast. Jack has done a terrific job, no matter what the score is, of understanding and having a feel for the game.
 
Staying Alive – The Cavs are 2 ½ games back from the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot and now it’s beginning to seem like the postseason isn’t just a pipe dream anymore. Of the seven remaining games left in the Cavs season, only one is against a team with a winning record. That team is the Brooklyn Nets and they will face the Cavs in the final game of the season.
 
The Cavs take on Atlanta on Friday, however it will virtually be a must win for the Wine and Gold, as the Hawks hold the tiebreaker. Atlanta has 10 games left in their season, with opponents such as the Bulls, Heat, Pacers and Nets.
 
For the Cavs they got a taste of what the playoffs are about, going against a very good but slumping Pacers team. It was a shocking win but the most surprising thing, is how the Cavaliers have been able to stay in this thing without Irving. They are 4-4 since his injury but the only thing the Cavs need to keep doing is what they’ve been doing, and that’s fighting. 
 
“It’s playoff basketball,” said Waiters. “They’re (Pacers) fighting for seeding and we’re still trying to get in the playoffs.”
 
The Man From Down Under – Matthew Dellavedova is a high-energy guy and Sunday afternoon he provided that burst once again. Dellavedova had 11 points and six assists off the bench, but dishing out the ball proved to be the true x-factor. He found open shots for his teammates and his plus/minus rating was plus-24, which was the highest in the game for any player.
 
Before Sunday, Dellavedova in his last six contests was averaging 10.5 points on 53 percent shooting, along with 56 percent shooting from behind the arc. He’s also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Dellavedova’s stat line Sunday afternoon was 11 points, two rebounds and six assists. He shot 50 percent from the field and from behind the arc.
 
Irving Update – Irving had his strained left biceps evaluated Sunday, but there was no conclusion on whether how soon he would return to the starting lineup. Irving suffered his injury against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 16. and has missed eight straight games. Before Sunday’s game, Irving said he was hopeful he would play on Wednesday night in Orlando. 
 
Final Thought – The Cavs ended a nine-game losing streak against the Pacers Sunday, by coming out with a sense of urgency right out of the gate. Lately the first quarter for the Cavs has been a rough one, usually starting with little to no energy. That wasn’t true Sunday, as they came out clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively. 
 
From the start the Cavs were knocking down shots, while the Pacers weren’t. They were also out hustling Indiana throughout the game on both ends of the floor. The biggest thing out of this game was the Cavaliers were able to respond positively after Varejao left the game due to injury. It was also good to see the Wine and Gold not have a hiccup in the third quarter like they’ve seemed to have all season long. Overall it was a solid game from start to finish for the Cavs.
 
Worth Quoting – “It’s good to know we’re still alive. We’ve got a shot (at the playoffs) if we play well these last seven games.” – Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova
 
Up Next – The Cavs will hit the road for a two-games, starting on Wednesday in Orlando. Tip-off against the Magic is at 7 p.m.
 
 

 

Cavs Blow 21-point lead, but hold off Toronto in final minuets

Mar 25, 2014 -- 12:38am

By Chris Coon | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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The Cavs blew a 21-point lead Tuesday night, but held off the Toronto Raptors in the final minuets, for a 102-100 victory at the Q.

Fast Break
  • The Cavs' C.J. Miles missed his fourth straight game (ankle sprain). Kyrie Irving (biceps strain), Anthony Bennett (patellar tendon strain), Sergey Karasev (patellar tendonitis) and Carrick Felix (patellar stress fracture) were all out for Wednesday night’s game. 
  • The Raptors’ Patrick Patterson (ulnar collateral sprain) was the only player out for Toronoto. 
  • Cavs' Dion Waiter’s led all scorers in Tuesday night’s game with 24 points, he also had seven assists and three rebounds. 
  • The Raptors’ Kyle Lowry had a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists. 
  • Cavs are now 4 ½ games back from the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 
  • Tuesday nights win was head coach Mike Brown’s 300th win with the Cavs. Only Lenny Wilkens (316) and Bill Fitch (304) are in front of Brown. 
Question of the Night #KNRCavs
MVP of the Game – Dion Waiters for the fourth consecutive game scored 20 or more points, while cashing in on a solid night. Waiters had 24 points, shooting 10-of-19 from the field while dishing out seven assists. The balance of play Tuesday night by Waiters was very good, as he played both ends of the floor extremely well. He was aggressive attacking the rim, along with dishing the ball out to his teammates sufficiently.
 
The past five games without Kyrie Irving have showcased what Waiters can do when he’s the center of it all. For instance the passing game by the Cavs has looked better, with Waiters recording seven assists and Jarrett Jack handing out five. It may be some sort of coincidence but who knows? 
 
 
Dion Waiters in his Last 11 Games
 With IrvingWithout Irving
PPG15.723.8
APG2.56.4
RPG2.3 2.3

Via ESPN Stats & Information

Hanging by their Fingernails – The Raptors cut a 21-point Cavs lead, to eventually go up by one with 6:45 to play in the fourth quarter. Toronto outscored the Cavs in the final 20 minuets 47-28. 
 
“We knew they were going to make a run,” Waiters said. “We didn’t get rattled. We made plays when we had to.”
 
Things would get interesting with 7.8 seconds left in the game and the Cavs clinging to a two-point lead. This is when Anderson Varejao committed a crucial turnover on an inbounds play, however a few seconds later Toronto’s Greivis Vasquez did the same and the game was over. 
 
“That ‘s the first time in a while we’ve had a hard time getting the ball inbounds,” said Brown.
 
Not sure if Brown’s tried to block out the whole season, but inbounding the ball has been a very big issue for the Cavs all year long. Yes, something you learn how to do in middle school has been a problem for the Cavaliers from the first game on. 
 
Tristan Thompson – Tuesday night Thompson recorded his second double-double in his last three games. He had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while shooting 3-of-4 from the field. He also knocked down nine out of his 10 free throws. 
 
This is a good stat line to see by Thompson, considering he has underachieved as of late. It appears as if Thompson is beginning to tire out as the season winds down, but Tuesday night he started the first quarter off with four points and six rebounds. It will be interesting to see how Thompson finishes the remaining nine game left in the season.
 
Final Thoughts – The Raptors are considered to be one of the top defensive team in the entire NBA, but Tuesday night the Cavs scored 102 points while shooting 51.4 percent. The Cavs in their last five games are averaging 102 points, while shooting 50 percent or better in their last four out five. 
 
This was a big win for the Cavs, especially against a playoff team like the Rapotrs who are fighting for the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Chicago Bulls.
 
On Saturday night Brown talked about how the Cavs came out flat against Houston right from the start. It was clear that the Cavs sluggish start Saturday against the Rockets hurt them tremendously. However, Tuesday night the Cavs came out with energy right away. The Cavs played physical defense and protected the paint early on setting the tone. It was the second half where the Cavs kind of got away from what they did early on in the game. 
 
Luol Deng played his second straight game, and looked good once again for a guy who missed three games last week due to injury. Deng had 19 points and seven assists Tuesday night for the Cavs, while coming up big with a 3 late in the third quarter. He had 13 points on Sunday against New York.
 
The past few games Spencer Hawes has really looked like a different player and that’s not a good thing. In his last three games he’s had a total of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Brown needs to find away to motivate Hawes, because the way he was playing when he first got to Cleveland is gone. 
 
Worth Quoting – "It was a good win by our guys, that's a playoff team. They were playing good basketball. In a game like that, maybe earlier in the season we might have lost, especially coming down the stretch when a team makes a run against us. Our guys found a way to win." – Cavs' head coach Mike Brown 
 
Up Next – The Cavs will take on the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.
 
 

 

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