Instant Reaction: Los Angeles Lakers 119, Cleveland Cavaliers 108

 

Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Final Outcome

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers entered tonight’s game with twin records of 16-32. Because the Cavaliers were at home and the Lakers were on the second night of a back-to-back, Cleveland was favored by about seven points before the game. So naturally the Cavaliers were down 19 after one quarter and 29 halfway through the second quarter as the Lakers held on for a 119-108 victory. If anyone still had thoughts about the playoffs, this game should have wiped that possibility from their minds.

Key Play of the Game

Austin Carr pointed out before the game that the only way the Lakers could win this game was if they were given open looks from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers seemed for than happy to oblige. The Lakers started the game 6-6 from beyond the arc on their way to shooting a blistering 75 percent from deep for the first quarter and 48.6 percent for the game. The defensive improvement the Cavaliers showed early in the season has completely evaporated.

Wine & Gold MVP

In a game where the bench played significantly better than the starting five, C.J. Miles may have been the best of the bunch. Miles continues to be the only Cavalier with a positive plus/minus this season with as the Cavaliers outscored the Lakers by 21 during his 29 minutes on the floor. Miles finished with 27 points on 7-15 shooting and was 4-11 from deep.

Top Tweets

If the Cavs come back to win, this game is still an embarassment.

— Andy Baskin (@andy_baskin) February 6, 2014

Well this is new. Lakers apparently don’t have healthy sub, so Sacre stays in. But it counts as a technical every time he commits foul

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 6, 2014

Anthony Bennett is somehow playing crunch time mins while Kyrie Irving continues to sit the entire 4th quarter. 114-108 LAL with 1:08 left

— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) February 6, 2014

And, most importantly, this exchange:

Brown refusing to go back to starters. Delly has been huge at both ends, Bennett diving for loose balls, Dion dunking. #Cavs found a pulse

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 6, 2014

@JasonLloydABJ Excuse me, I was promised silence until tomorrow.

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) February 6, 2014

@SamAmicoFSO Now you sound like my wife.

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) February 6, 2014

Up Next

The Cavaliers visit the Verizon Center this Friday to take on the Washington Wizards. Washington is the kind of team the Cavaliers hoped to be this season and the Wizards have moved above .500 for the first time since November of 2009. Despite a very rough few years, point guard John Wall showed his faith in the team that drafted him by signing a max contract extension with the tam last July. Now he has teamed with fellow youngster Bradley Beal and several veterans to bring the Wizards back to relevance. Wall’s leadership and commitment to his team is something Cavalier fans hope to see from Kyrie Irving over the next few years. Right now that seems like wishful thinking to even the most optimistic Cavalier fan.

Topics: C.J. Miles, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving

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  • Letterman007

    What a pathetic performance from players all the way down to the entire coaching staff !! Can we go back three years and get a do over!! This is to much to stomach, as the Lakers had no bench and played what, five guards and couldn’t even replace a player at the end of the game and you were at home and couldn’t win!! Dan Gilbert, get off you’re a– and this would be considered a mercy killing!!!!!