Game 46: Nuggets at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs played with fire on Friday. They just don't know how to close out games.
Games like these are moral victories for this team. They locked horns with Denver - a solid playoff team - but just came up short.
The Cavs have now dropped 19 in a row, which ties their franchise record for consecutive losses in one season.
"Any loss bothers me, not just knowing we have lost 19 in a row," Cavs center J.J. Hickson said. "Losing 19 in a row is tough, but I just hate losing overall."
The Cavs have also lost 29 of the last 30 overall, as well as their last eight at home.
They don't have anyone to guard All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, and they haven't for quite a few years (yes, even when "he" was here). Anthony is ninth in the NBA in scoring at 23.6 per game. He led all scorers with 33.
Nuggets coach George Karl took exception to a question about the Anthony trade rumors.
"I think we get tired being asked that question," Karl said. "I think the players are a little tired of it. I think we have kept it away from the basketball court."
The Cavs are trying to avoid their first winless month in team history (in 10 or more games). They are 0-14 in January, with playoff teams Orlando and Miami remaining on the schedule. Yikes.
SF Christian Eyenga (6-5, 210) vs. Carmelo Anthony (6-8, 230)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Kenyon Martin (6-9, 240)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Nene (6-11, 250)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Arron Afflalo (6-5, 215)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 185) vs. Chauncey Billups (6-3, 202)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Leon Powe, G Mo Williams.
Nuggets – F/C Chris Andersen, F Renaldo Balkman.
Bennett Salvatore, Kane Fitzgerald, Courtney Kirkland