In Kyrie Irving’s first game back after missing the past eight, the Cavaliers lose a road game to the New Orleans Hornets 112-92. Irving was returning from a shoulder injury he suffered in Toronto on March 10, 2013.
The Cavs have lost their eight-straight game, and were 1-7 in Irving’s absence.
Irving looked really good in his first game back; scoring 31 points, dishing out six assists in 29 minutes of play. He took over in the second quarter, scoring 10 consecutive points for the Cavs and finished the quarter with 15 points.
His backcourt buddy, Dion Waiters, remains out with a knee injury and his season status remains uncertain. Wayne Ellington started in place of Waiters and scored 12 points. Tristan Thompson has proven to be a consistent double double every night and continued that with 12 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 6 for 9 form the field.
The Cavs fast-paced offense appeared to be a little sluggish, only scoring seven fast break points. The defense looked even more sluggish giving the Hornets easy shot. New Orleans shot 57 percent from three-point range.
The game was close in the first half and the Cavs held a lead going into halftime, 49-48. However, when the Hornets came out in the third quarter hot. Greivis Vasquez was the Hornets’ top performer with 25 points, nine assists and three steals. The first man off the bench for New Orleans was Ryan Anderson, who shot 9 of 14 form the field, including 5 of 7 from three, finished with 23 points.
Anthony Davis, the top pick in the 2013 draft, had double double tonight with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Pressure had been put on Byron Scott lately after his team has put forward some embarrassing performances. Even with his star point guard back in the lineup, the team appeared to be out of sync. This will be an ongoing thing to watch as the season goes on.
The Cavs won’t have much time to fix things before their next game when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks Monday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.