Game 78: Bobcats at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Now, they are basically playing out the string. It's been an interesting season. It started with Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert proclaiming that he expected them to get into the playoffs. Well, that didn't exactly work out.
The Bobcats went out and paid handsomely for free agent center Al Jefferson, who has panned out in a big way. He has averaged 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals. Need I go on?
Jefferson shot just 9 of 21 from the field, but finished with 24 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
But he's not their only threat. Guard Kemba Walker also had a standout season and has averaged 17.8 points, 5.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds on the season. Like Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, he gets up for facing Kyrie Irving. Walker ended with 20 points and seven assists.
The Bobcats have won four in a row. Coach Steve Clifford should be commended for what he's accomplished in Charlotte this year.
Maybe Cavs guard Kyrie Irving should get miffed before every game. He was steaming mad about the ESPN.com blog that said, among other things, that he wanted out of Cleveland. He went out and scored a career-high 44 points and added seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
Yet, with the game on the line in overtime, he had a chance to win it with a wide-open 3-pointer. It clanked off the rim with 8.9 seconds left.
Oh, well, another day, another loss in a long line of losses this season. There are only four games left in the 2013-14 season. The offseason could be outlandish and quite busy for the beat writers.
C Spencer Hawes (7-1, 245) vs. Al Jefferson (6-10, 289)
Bobcats - C Brendan Haywood, F Jeffery Taylor