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Friday, December 6, 2013

Game 19: Cavs at Hawks

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

WHAT HAPPENED: Just when you start to feel good about this bunch, they come up with another befuddling performance.

They were never in the game on Friday. The Hawks jumped all over them and they didn't fight back. It started with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who must have missed the flight to Georgia. He just wasn't there mentally or physically.

He recorded his first NBA goose egg. He missed all nine shots from the field. He also misfired on all three free throws and 3-point shots. It added up to a woeful night. I wish I could tell you what is going on with this kid. I just can't figure it out. I'm sure the coaching staff can't either.

Let me make this clear: Irving wasn't the only player missing in action on Friday. But he is the most important one, a player that is counted on for 20 points and eight assists every night. When he does nothing, it's a losing proposition.

C,J, Miles managed just three points on 1 of 8 shooting. The starting backcourt was a combined 1 of 17. Putrid.

I'd recommend replacing Miles, who has regressed since moving into the starting job. But there's no one there worth starting. I will say Matthew Dellavedova is starting to grow on me. He's not overly talented, but he plays hard and the ball moves when he's on the court.

As bad as the starting guards were, the backup guards were fantastic. Dion Waiters had a season-high 30 points and Jarrett Jack added 12.

The Cavs have the worst road record in the NBA at 1-10. The Cavs need to turn things around on the road. That much is clear.

Center Andrew Bynum matched his season high with 20 points and had a season-high 13 rebounds. I wondered what his career high was in rebounds. When I found it in the Cavs' stats, I almost fell off my chair. It's 30.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host the Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. DeMarre Carroll (6-8, 212)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Paul Millsap (6-8, 253)
C Andrew Bynum (7-0, 294) vs. Al Horford (6-10, 250)
SG C.J. Miles (6-6, 231) vs. Kyle Korver (6-7, 210)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Jeff Teague (6-2, 181)
Cavs - G/F Carrick Felix, C Henry Sims
Hawks - G Dennis Schroeder, G John Jenkins
David Guthrie, Dan Crawford, JT Orr


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