Game 57: Cavs at Pacers
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Radio/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: There aren't many positive aspects to this game for the Cavaliers, other than Omri Casspi leading the team in scoring with 14 points and five rebounds.
Point guard Donald Sloan added 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. The Cavs had just 16 assists on 28 field goals.
Their shooting percentage was 35.4 percent. It's really amazing how poorly the Cavs shoot the ball from the field. That's one reason why scoring punch is needed in the worst way from the wing positions.
The Pacers took a 3-1 lead in the season series with the Cavs. It was the first time this year, however, they've beaten the Cavs in regulation. The previous two wins were both in overtime.
The Cavs were without the services of center Semih Erden (ankle), guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder), center Anderson Varejao (wrist) and guard Daniel Gibson (foot) in Friday's game. Also, forward Luke Harangody remains in the D-League for Canton's playoff run.
Of course, it's all about Lester Hudson now with the Cavs. It's been fun to watch him play in the nine games in which he's played. He's averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He's become their go-to player.
However, he had a rare off night with seven points and one assist against the Pacers. He turned the ball over five times, 11 in the last two games.
Is he human after all?
Hudson and point guard Donald Sloan have been getting the bulk of the time in the backcourt. To me, they both look like keepers.
This is the first game of a back-to-back-to-back set for the Cavs. They are also in the midst of five games in six nights and seven in nine. The players better get their rest during this stretch or they will break down.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Center.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Danny Granger (6-9, 228)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. David West (6-9, 240)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Roy Hibbert (7-2, 260)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Paul George (6-8, 215)
PG Donald Sloan (6-3, 205) vs. George Hill (6-2, 180)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Luke Harangody
Pacers - G Darren Collison