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Cavs drop to 6-9, Can’t Compete with Playoff Squads
Posted By Bradley Ross On Jan 24 2012 @ 3:47 pm In Cleveland Cavaliers | No Comments
Cavs fans should have known the honeymoon of going .500 would end. The Cavs were .500 without beating any team that was .500 or better. In other words, their schedule so far was fairly soft and they weren’t tested. They will be tested in the coming weeks and if this past week is any indication, it could be pretty ugly. They suffered their worst loss in the history of the franchise on Friday against the Bulls and Derrick Rose wasn’t even playing. The next night, on the heels of a back to back, they had another crushing defeat to a playoff team, this time to the Atlanta Hawks. This team is a go-to scorer away from contending with these teams, but they may as well be 4 pieces away the way they look.
Anthony Parker only played in 3 of the 4 games and totaled 7 points. Yes, 7 points. His D was also pretty bad, he got destroyed by Rip Hamilton and Joe Johnson obviously, but he also gave up 24 points to DJ Augustin, who was playing the 2 a good deal. The one game he didn’t start, Boobie Gibson was able to contain monta Ellis. On the other wing, Casspi has actually been picking it up a bit recently. He is scoring over 11 ppg and grabbing 4.5 rebounds, and playing solid D. He is still a below average scorer for a SF, but he is no longer a huge liability.
The only real consistent position right now has been PG. Off the bench, Sessions has been good for a solid 8 points every game and around 4-5 assists. In the starting position, Irving has been the Cavs only consistent scorer and the only scorer who scored at least 10 points in the last 4 games. During this stretch, he is scoring 18.5 points per game and getting 4.5 assists which is still great, but he has cooled down a tiny bit from his hot streak. This is still very impressive for a rookie, especially considering he is shooting very efficiently too.
Irving is the only scorer this team can rely upon. Casspi has been consistent recently, but he isn’t good enough to be reliable. Jamison can drop 19 one game and drop 4 the next, which is exactly what happened during this streak. On the bench, Alonzo Gee is a nice scorer but streaky and Tristan Thompson has shown some promise but is still very far away in terms of being a reliable scorer. The cavs 2nd most reliable scorer may be Anderson Varejao, which speaks to the offensive void on this squad.
Christian Eyenga has been called up from the D-League. It is worth mentioning as Cavs news, but as a player he is fairly irrelevant now and not likely to help the Cavs.
Their schedule coming up is brutal, with 7 out of the next 8 teams they face being playoff teams from last year and the 9th team they face being the LA Clippers who are a legitimate playoff contender now. The Cavs are still winless on the 2nd game of a back-to-back, but Byron Scott won’t make excuses. They have 3 of those in the next 9 games and they face the Heat for the first game in 2 of those 3 (including the game tonight).
I would love to be optimistic, but don’t expect the Cavs to win much more than a couple games in the next 9.
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