Game 50: Cavs at Knicks
Madison Square Garden
Radio/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: Rookie guard Kyrie Irving was held out of Saturday's loss with a sprained right shoulder. It's very important that the Cavs be very careful with their rookie phenom.
Irving reportedly wanted to play, but Coach Byron Scott told him it would be unwise. It's not known whether he'll play on Tuesday against San Antonio.
His offensive prowess was missed.
With that being said, D-League point guard Donald Sloan performed much better than expected. He had 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in 35 minutes. He committed three turnovers and shot 5 of 10 from the field.
Lester Hudson, signed on Friday, earned backup minutes at point guard. He had four points, six rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. That kept Manny Harris on the bench for all but 1:04.
The Cavs competed in Saturday's game. They just don't have enough talent to win. They've lost seven in a row, including 10 of the last 11.
During their losing streak, they've averaged just 83.4 points. They've shot 40 percent or worse in six consecutive games. The 75-point output tied their season low from the Detroit game on Wednesday.
With Irving out of the lineup, the Cavs are likely the worst team in the league.In essence, they've turned into a D-League team right before our eyes.
They turned the ball over 20 times on Saturday, which led to 28 points by the Knicks. They can't have that many turnovers and expect to win.
UP NEXT: The Cavs host San Antonio at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Landry Fields (6-7, 215)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Carmelo Anthony (6-8, 230)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Tyson Chandler (7-1, 240)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Iman Shumpert (6-5, 220)
PG Donald Sloan (6-3, 205) vs. Baron Davis (6-3, 215)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Luke Harangody, G Daniel Gibson
Knicks - F/C Amar'e Stoudemire, F Jared Jeffries