Dion Waiters will try and quickly forget his first game in his hometown of Philadelphia as he and the Cavaliers dropped their sixth straight game against the 76ers, 86-79.
As if you couldn’t tell through the first ten games of the season, Waiters is a streaky shooter.It appeared his jumper didn’t make the trip with him to Philadelphia tonight when he shot 2-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-6 from three-point range. It took him until five minutes in the fourth quarter to take his defender off the dribble and drive into the paint.
He wasn’t the only unproductive rookie tonight; Tyler Zeller played a total of 28 minutes off the bench and got his first bucket of the night with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter.
Losing six straight is not an easy thing to cope with but coach Scott has to be encouraged with the defense tonight. They gave up 86 points, lowest since their game one victory against Washington, and allowed the Sixers to shoot 42 percent from the field.
The backcourt duo of Kyrie Irving and Waiters did not appear to be best in the league as they only combined for 14 points and committed eight turnovers. Most notably, between the two, they only went to the free throw line once tonight. Kyrie Irving went 1-of-1 from the charity strip.
With Daniel Gibson out with a sore right elbow from last night, the bench continued to struggle. Between Jeremy Pargo, Omri Casspi, C.J. Miles and Zeller they contributed 20 points and shot 35 percent. Miles saw 14 minutes tonight after not playing in the past three games. Coach Scott’s benching appeared to not have an effect on his play as he shot 1-of-8.
The Cavs’ defense did look better tonight but when they needed a stop the most, late in the fourth quarter, they weren’t able to get one.
It takes a lot of talent to win games, but you also need a little luck. And for the most part the Cavs haven’t had any this year. In Milwaukee, Mike Dunleavy lit us up for 29 points. In Golden State, Carl Landry had 19 points coming off the bench. And again tonight, a player you wouldn’t expect to hurt the Cavs, ended up killing them in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Spencer Hawes finished the game with 14 points, but it was his three jumpers in the final minutes that cost the Cavs the game.
In general, the Cavs were not able to get it done offensively. They fell in love with the three and only shot 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.
The Cavaliers get another try to beat the 76ers when they matchup again on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.