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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Game 46: Suns at Cavs


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

WHAT HAPPENED: The Suns have surpassed the .500 mark, which is quite an accomplishment. After some early season struggles, they've put themselves in contention for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference.

They are one game behind Denver for the final spot.

In the first meeting between the Suns and Cavs, guard Kyrie Irving had his way against future Hall of Famer Steve Nash. Irving had 26 points and six assists in the Cavs' 101-90 victory in Phoenix.

It was one of the early signs that Irving was going to be special with the way he dominated the point guard matchup against Nash.

Irving once again was good on Sunday with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

But it was the rest of the team that struggled. They had just two players reach double figures. The other was forward Omri Casspi, who matched his season high with 14 points.

Coach Byron Scott was direct after the game.

"We are not a very good team right now," he said.

Who can argue?

Not me.

They're not.

The problem now isn't Irving. It's the 12 minutes he's not on the court. They must get production out of the second unit. That starts with backup point guard Donald Sloan.

He looked like a D-Leaguer in his last outing in Orlando. If he continues to resemble that player, the Cavs will continue to falter. Ramon Sessions, he's not.

There are only 20 games left in the season. The Cavs will haven't figured out their backup minutes at center and power forward. Obviously, some new blood is needed. 

Guard Manny Harris pulled down a career-high nine rebounds off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wachovia Center.

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Grant Hill (6-8, 225)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Channing Frye (6-11, 245)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Marcin Gortat (6-11, 240)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Jared Dudley (6-7, 225)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Steve Nash (6-3, 178) 
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Luke Harangody
Suns - none

Marc Davis , Brent Barnaky,  Gary Zielinski



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