Wednesday night C.J. Miles and the Cavaliers (5-17) picked up where they left off against the Lakers and came out red-hot. Miles had another strong performance scoring 23 points in the first half. Everything was going right for the Cavs in the first half and went into halftime with an eight-point lead over the home team Indiana Pacers (10-11). However, when the third quarter began, the Cavs went ice-cold and lost their lead, which led to their defeat by the Pacers.
After committing only two turnovers in the first half, the Cavs found themselves turning the ball over a total of seven times in the third quarter alone. This has been the story of the Cavaliers season, inconsistency on offense. Miles led the team in scoring with 28 and he was the only Cavalier starter with double-digit points. Samardo Samuels received significant minutes tonight and had the only other double-digit performance of the night with 10.
The Cavs second half performance really was pitiful. They scored 58 in the first half and only 23 in the second half.
If you look at the final box score, their stats don’t look too bad. The problem is they played well in the first half and so poorly in the second, the stats weigh themselves out. They shot over 40 percent from three, but felt like they didn’t hit any of those in the second half.
The starting rotation really struggled and between starters, excluding Miles, they scored 18 points. In his second game back, Kyrie Irving struggled offensively scoring only nine points with four assists. Anderson Varejao was practically non-existent offensively tonight scoring only four points, however he did grab 12 rebounds. Alonzo Gee had one of the more pathetic performances of the night scoring only one point in team-high 31 minutes of playing time.
Beating their opponents on the glass is how the Cavs have won their games tonight but against a taller Pacers’ roster, the Cavs were rebounded.
The Cavs will have Thursday off and try to regroup when the Milwaukee Bucks come to Cleveland. They will look to have revenge on them after Brandon Jennings devastating buzzer-beating shot. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.