Game 54: Hornets at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM), WFUN (970 AM)/ESPN, Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Hornets are in the same boat at the Cavs: Swimming up river. However, both teams have young stars to build around. The Cavs are building around budding superstar Kyrie Irving. The Hornets are building around Anthony Davis.
The Hornets lost to Chicago on Tuesday, so they were playing a back-to-back. That worked in the Cavs' favor, as they outscored the Hornets, 37-31.
The future Pelicans - I still laugh when I hear that - are played without guard Eric Gordon. He's their second-leading scorer at 16.4 per game. The Hornets don't play him in back-to-back games.
This could have been Cavs backup center Marreese Speights' last game with the team. The trade deadline is Thursday and his name has been making its rounds. I'm not advocating trading him. He's a valuable piece to the Cavs' much-improved second unit.
Coach Byron Scott said he doesn't expect the Cavs to make any deals.
Trading him would leave the Cavs high and dry for a backup center. But if you could get a late first-round pick for him - let's say 22 - I'd do it.
You can never have enough first-round picks. That's been GM Chris Grant's motto.
The Cavs snapped a three-game losing streak overall and to the Hornets.
This is the last game of a seven-game homestand. The Cavs finished 4-3.
NEWS FEED: Here is video of Eric Gordon talking about the trade deadline in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
LAST GAME: The Cavs lost to San Antonio on Feb. 13, 96-95.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Al-Farouq Aminu (6-9, 215)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Anthony Davis (6-10, 220)
C Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) vs. Robin Lopez (7-0, 255)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 221) vs. Austin Rivers (6-4, 200)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Greivis Vasquez (6-6, 211)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, G Josh Selby
Hornets - none
Bill Kennedy, Eddie F. Rush, Brent Barnaky