Blogs > Cleveland Cavaliers Blog

Find out the scoop on the CAVS from award-winning sports writer Bob Finnan.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Game 40: Raptors at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs definitely owe one to the Raptors, but they'll have to wait until April 6 in Toronto.

The Raptors have won three games against the Cavs by a combined 31 points this season.

It's mostly a matchup problem. The Raptors score so effortlessly against the Cavs.

Coach Byron Scott said he can't understand the relative ease in which the Raptors have beaten the Cavs this year.

"There are always teams that have your number," Scott said.

It starts with power forward Andrea Bargnani, who does whatever he wants against Cavs power forward Antawn Jamison on the defensive end. Jamison outscored him, 20-19, but failed to grab a rebound.

There were several numbers that jumped off the box score: 14 offensive rebounds for the Raptors, 38.2 percent shooting from the field for the Cavs and 20 percent from the 3-point line.

The Cavs lucked out with point guard Jose Calderon's ankle injury. Jerryd Bayless fired in 20 points and dished out seven assists in the starting lineup. One could make a case that he was the best player on the court.

It certainly wasn't Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, who shot 5 of 17 from the field. He said the rookie wall is a myth. Then in his next breath, he said he hasn't hit it yet.

There was no fourth quarter magic for Irving on this night. He missed all five of his shots in the fourth and had two points. He came into the game averaging 9.1 points in the fourth quarter of his previous 17 games.

Overall, Irving has been struggling a bit. In his last four games, he's shooting just 31.8 percent from the field (14 of 44). 

UP NEXT: The Cavs will travel to Milwaukee at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bradley Center. 

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. James Johnson (6-9, 248)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Andrea Bargnani (7-0, 256)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Amir Johnson (6-9, 210)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. DeMar DeRozan (6-7, 216)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Jerryd Bayless (6-3, 208) 
Cavs – G/F Christian Eyenga, F Luke Harangody
Raptors - G Jose Calderon, G Anthony Carter 
Michael Smith,  David Jones,  Kevin Scott


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home