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Friday, November 15, 2013

Game 10: Bobcats at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The season is quickly unraveling for the Cavs. The Cavs are an absolute mess right now.

They've lost three games in a row. They have a road game in Washington on Saturday. They are already 0-6 away from home. The last thing they want to do is fall to 0-7.

The Wizards have the same playoff aspirations as the Cavs. This is not going to be an easy game by any means. The Wizards have a big frontcourt with Marcin Gortat, Nene and Trevor Ariza. Their backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal is the strength of the team.

The Cavs keep falling deeper and deeper into the abyss. Whatever Coach Mike Brown is telling them must be going in one ear and out the other. I really believed this was a playoff team. Perhaps I overrated this bunch from the start.

There's still plenty of time to straighten things out, but there are some bad signs.

The Bobcats have beaten the Cavs four times this season - twice in the preseason - and once on Nov. 1 in Charlotte, 90-84.

If you haven't noticed, Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker gets up for playing against Kyrie Irving, who went first in the 2011 draft. Walker went seventh, but has a chip on his shoulder.

The Cavs are still waiting for Irving to pick up his overall play. They need him playing at an All-Star level to have a chance to win. Thus far, he's been a bit off, as evidenced by his 38 percent shooting from the field.

Irving hasn't been the only problem. The whole team has been a bit off. They are not defending like Coach Mike Brown wants, and the offense has been askew all season. They run around the court with no real purpose, while Irving dribbles and dribbles and dribbles.

That can't be what Brown wants out of his offense. 

The Cavs don't seem to match up real well against the Bobcats, who have a new coach in Steve Clifford. Along with a new coach, they have a new attitude. There isn't an overabundance of talent on this roster, but the guys play their butts off for Clifford.

The same can't be said about the Cavs, who have looked discombobulated as of late.

The Cavs were averaging 106 points per game at home, third best in the Eastern Conference. Of course, they managed just 80 on Friday.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Center.

SF Earl Clark (6-10, 234) vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6-7, 232)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Josh McRoberts (6-10, 240)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 268) vs. Bismack Biyombo (6-9, 245)
SG C.J. Miles (6-6, 231) vs. Gerald Henderson (6-5, 215)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Kemba Walker (6-1, 184)
Cavs - C Andrew Bynum, G Carrick Felix
Bobcats - C Brendan Haywood, C Al Jefferson
Danny Crawford, Steve Anderson, Sean Corbin


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