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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ground to a halt

Cavs blog by Bob Finnan

The Cavs came into Wednesday’s game ranked third in the NBA in field-goal percentage (47.6 percent) and fourth in points scored (101.5). Cavs fans aren't used to such lofty rankings.

However, things got a bit ugly for Coach Mike Brown's offense in the 96-89 loss to the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Their 89 points against the Pistons was their lowest total since the season opener in Boston on Oct. 28 when they scored 85 points.

Part of the problem could be traced to the fact that their starting backcourt of Mo Williams and Delonte West were saddled with foul trouble against the Pistons. The two guards can match up with almost anyone in the league.

Brown was forced to play Daniel Gibson and Sasha Pavlovic with his starters on the bench. That threw the Cavs' offense for a loop.

Gibson was 1 of 7 from the field, 0 of 4 from the 3-point line. He had as many turnovers (2) as he did points. He continues to slide into a funk offensively. He's shooting 37.4 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from the 3-point line. His numbers continue to go down.

He says there's nothing wrong, but the numbers say otherwise.


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