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Friday, November 8, 2013

Game 6: Cavs at 76ers

Wells Fargo Center
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: Maybe this isn't a playoff team.

The Cavaliers dropped to 0-4 on the road this season. Unless this trend ends soon, things could get ugly.

The 76ers have been one of the league's surprise teams in the early going. They really get up and down the floor with point guard Michael Carter-Williams. He could be an early favorite for Rookie of the Year.

He's got the height advantage over most point guards. One doesn't see many 6-6 point guards, especially ones this athletic. He was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Even though Kyrie Irving dished out nine assists, he made just 4 of 17 from the field, 1 of 6 from behind the arc, for 10 points. Remember, he averaged 22 per game last year. he's no where near that this season.

Former Ohio State swingman Evan Turner is having his best season in the NBA and is averaging 22.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Of course, he's in his contract year.

Of course, he had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Cavs. He was pretty darn good. The Cavs' paltry performers at small forward couldn't keep pace. Earl Clark, who leaves a lot to be desired, combined with Alonzo Gee for six points and four rebounds.

Sorry, guys, but it's not working.

The Cavs' vaunted defense was shredded by Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Sixers shot 47.6 percent from the field on Friday.

Backup shooting guard C.J. Miles has been playing very good basketball. He's one of the league's highest scorers off the bench at 14.6, second on the team. He had 13 points and three assists on Friday.

Center Andrew Bynum played, got booed, and then took is seat. He scored four points, had five rebounds and a block in 18 minutes.

The Cavs are expected to hold him out of Saturday's game, also against the Sixers, at The Q. He said some disturbing things after practice on Thursday, but nothing more potentially damaging than saying he's had thoughts of retiring.

Once that thought creeps in there, it might be time to go.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

SF Earl Clark (6-10, 235) vs. Evan Turner (6-7, 216)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Thaddeus Young (6-8, 230)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Spencer Hawes (7-1, 245)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. James Anderson (6-6, 210)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Michael Carter-Williams (6-6, 185)
Cavs - C Henry Sims, G Carrick Felix
Sixers - C Nerlens Noel, F/C Arnett Moultrie, G Jason Richardson
Joe Crawford, Kane Fitzgerald, Ben Taylor


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