The Cavs put up a good fight against the Miami Heat. They lost in Miami to LeBron and Chris Bosh 92-85.
The game showed exactly what was right and wrong with the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving led the way with 17 points and four assist. Andy finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. And the bench performed well, including Alonzo Gee who had a fantastic drive and dunk that made ESPN’s Top Plays. Samardo Samuels also had a good game with 15 points and five rebounds. Rookie Tristan Thompson did not play due to an injury. And overall, the team played pretty good defense, which kept them in the game.
But again and again, the same issue remains. The starters overall are letting the team down in a huge way. Let me give some stats. Anthony Parker had three points the entire game. He made on shot, a three pointer, out of the six he took all game. Casspi had six points, although he made three of the five shots attempted. And Jamison had five points on six shots, three of those coming from a single three point shot. Our starters are not scoring points. What they are doing is turning the ball over. The Cavs starters overall turned it over 14 times. The Cavs flat out need to take better care of the ball.
I appreciate the Cavs total last night, especially on the defensive end of the floor. But game still showed us the most obvious conclusions. Jamison, Parker, and perhaps Casspi have no future with this team. As say, “Perhaps” for Casspi as he has been improving slowly. More time is needed on him to determine his future and role. Another great thing about last night was the fact that Samuels stepped up big time. I am now confident that Thompson and Samuels can be quite the duo at power forward in the future. We will see that future when Jamison is no longer playing for the Cavaliers. However, there are more questions about the shooting guard position. Parker is not the answer, Gibson is only a bench player and a three point shooter, and Eyenga has been sent to the D League in two years. There is no doubt that in terms of the big picture, shooting guard is the top priority for this team.
While the obvious was made clear once again, it was nice to see such a strong effort. Let’s see if it continues tonight against the Knicks.