Game 22: Lakers at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: It seems like it's been a while since the Cavs played a good game at The Q. Adding Kyrie Irving to the mix was a godsend to the Cavs.
He makes a huge difference on this team. First of all, he's a floor general. Second, he's can penetrate and dish. Third, the guy's a natural scorer.
The Cavs are fun to watch when he plays. I don't care that this was two sub-.500 teams. This was an exciting game in front of a large audience.
The Cavs just needed a win in the worst way.
This was anything but just another game to Cavs coach Byron Scott. He won three NBA championships as a player for the Lakers. He also lives in the LA area in the offseason. He'll be linked forever to the Lakers.
He celebrated in post-game with his infant granddaughter, Kyla Aklilu, who was laughing during his press conference. She's cute as a button. Hey, after you beat the Lakers, you can bring whoever you want to the press conference.
This sounds kind of goofy, but this team is not that far away from being damn good. Another high lottery pick in June, coupled with a few veteran pieces, and they could be a playoff contender next year. How I long for good basketball!
The less said about the Lakers the better. That team just hasn't come together. It's a mess. It's getting old.
Yes, they still have Kobe Bryant. But even he's getting frustrated with this team. He had 42 points and was his normal self, but they really need Steve Nash and Pau Gasol if they think they're going anywhere this season.
Coach Mike D'Antoni is 4-8 as the Lakers' coach this season.
Irving sure didn't look like a player who had missed the previous 11 games with a hairline fracture of his left index finger. He might have been a little rusty, but one would never know it. His 28 points were outstanding.
C.J. Miles had his best game of the season with 28 points. The third Cavs player to have 20 points was Anderson Varejao.
Once they get shooting guard Dion Waiters back, maybe they can make a little run. But it could be a while for Waiters, who has a bone bruise and a sprained left ankle.
LAST GAME: The Cavs lost to Detroit on Saturday, 104-97.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Indiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Metta World Peace (6-7, 260)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Jordan Hill (6-10, 235)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Dwight Howard (6-11, 265)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Kobe Bryant (6-6, 205)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Chris Duhon (6-1, 190)
Cavs – G Dion Waiters, F Jon Leuer
Lakers - G Steve Blake, G Darius Johnson-Odom, G Steve Nash
Marc Davis, Kevin Fehr, Courtney Kirkland