Today is a big day in Cleveland Cavaliers franchise history. They need a win today thanks to a Derrick Rose game winner at the buzzer Friday night. This is a must win game for Cleveland without a doubt not wanting to go down 3-1 to the Bulls. The Cavaliers are banged up right now with Shumpert, Irving and obviously Kevin Love less than 100% or out. But they are not offering any excuses because of injuries which is a good thing. I have not been overly impressed with the Bulls two wins in this series. In game one they shot exceptionally well, while in game three Rose banked in the game winner enough said. Defensively and on the boards the Bulls have turned up the aggression to which Cleveland needs to answer back. Another key is the play of Kyrie Irving who was averaging 25 points per game in the series. Irving only had 11 points on 3/13 shooting on Friday night. I don’t know if it was the injury or the Bulls defense that slowed him down. Whatever the case is Irving needs to drop 20+ points today and be a factor in this game. Lebron James is averaging a near triple double in this series, but he is only shooting 39% from the field. He needs to shoot higher percentage and finish better at the rim. He is also is leading everybody with 15 turnovers in the series of which 7 came in game three. James and Irving are the two best players in this series by far. Today is the day they put their mark on this series and this franchise. It’s not about the other players who still need to contribute. It’s about James and Irving today bringing this back to Cleveland tied up 2-2 period.
I don’t know if was the Cleveland offense or Chicago defense last night but Cleveland had 2 more under 20 point quarters last night. For only the 2nd time this season the opposing team got up more shots than Cleveland. Cleveland is now 0-5 on the road early in the season something that has to change if Cleveland wants to make a playoff run.
Irving had another bad shooting night scoring 16 points on 19 shots. Also Irving had a season low 4 assists.
Waiters scored 13 points on 13 shots last night. Cleveland needs more consistency from their backcourt.
Bynum got his first start he had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. This is just a glimpse of what he can do if he can reasonably healthy.
Gee played better defense in this game. Anything on offense from him will be a bonus.
Thompson got another double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Thompson is a player to watch this season.
In 29 minutes off the bench Andy had 5 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Not a good night for Jack after playing well against the 76ers.
Miles scored 9 points in an okay game. Miles needs to be consistent and not streaky
Right now you would have question Zeller’s future with Cleveland.
Sims is getting cameo minutes.
Again cameo minutes.
A Couple Thoughts About This Game
- Mike Brown needs to be selective with the three guard lineup
- Bynum looked decent in his first start
- Irving’s shooting woes are hurting Cleveland on offense
Next: @ Minnesota Wednesday