Game 49: Lakers at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
Obviously, there's a disconnect somewhere. The Cavs are playing like they are trying to get their coach fired. I know that's a harsh statement, but that's what it looks like.
The Lakers game used to be one of the most anticipated games of the season. That's not the case in 2014, as the Lakers were playing without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill.
Then, two of their players - Jordan Farmar and Nick Young - were injured in Wednesday's game. Did any of this mean diddly squat to the Cavs? No.
They have steadfastly refused to take advantage of short-handed teams all season. In fact, when opposing teams are missing key personnel, that plays against the Cavs for some reason.
Something drastic has to happen to this team. Something has to happen to snap it out of its funk.
Some people are going to get fired because of this mess, possibly several people. They need to make another deal at the deadline just to get rid of some of these guys. Everyone believes the Cavs have talent. They just don't have the proper makeup of a team.
They also have too many young players. Veterans are what wins in this league.
They've now lost six in a row, as well as eight of their last nine. They had a three-game winning streak over the Lakers snapped.
Coach Mike Brown said he didn't care about stepping on anyone's toes tonight. He benched all of his starters, with the exception of center Anderson Varejao, for the fourth quarter. That included guard Kyrie Irving, who never got off the bench in the fourth.
Irving said he understood the move, since the starters weren't getting the job done.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Washington at 7 p.m. Friday at Verizon Center.
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Robert Sacre (7-0, 260)
Lakers - G Kobe Bryant, G Xavier Henry