Mar 16, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tangle under the hoop during first quarter action at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Los Angeles Clippers 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 80


Final Outcome

The Cavs got outscored 11-0 before their first bucket, and unlike Friday night against the Warriors, it stayed that way. The Clippers had a great defensive night, scored 25 points in transition, and injured Kyrie Irving. Spencer Hawes got tossed in the fourth quarter as well, so that was fun. After two promising games this week, the Cavs got lit up tonight, losing 102-80.

Key Play to the Game

There really wasn’t a bigger moment to seal the fate of the game than Kyrie Irving’s injury. Irving was scrambling for a rebound and got his arm knocked , apparently tweaking his left biceps. He did not return, and a team who was shooting 36 percent at that point did not fair much better after this.

Wine & Gold MVP

The Cavs got a nice effort from Luol Deng tonight. With Kyrie gone, Deng looked like Chicago Deng on both ends, creating for himself and capitalizing on the few good looks he got elsewhere to score 23 points on 8-16 shooting, and adding six rebounds as well. He had a scary moment where he looked like he sprained his ankle in the second quarter, but did not leave the game. Hopefully he’s fine, because without Kyrie, we need the Deng from the past week.

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Coach Brown Breakdown

Did what he could without Kyrie and C.J. Miles. The offense flowed through Dion Waiters and Luol Deng through the rest of the first half, then he rode a strong Jarrett Jack run late, but the team couldn’t get its shot going. Defensively, they held the Clips to 25 percent shooting from three and got enough stops to at least entertain a comeback. Brown did fine.

Up Next

The Cavs get to face the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at home. Last time they played Miami without Kyrie, they blew a 27-point lead. The game is at 7 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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