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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cavs at Jazz

EnergySolutions Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

QUICK SHOTS: 1. No one wants to overreact to the Cavaliers' woes early on, but I can't help it. I have so many questions about this unit right now. Knowing their struggles thus far on the trip, they came out lethargic and with no sense of urgency. They allowed 32 points in the first quarter and 59 in the first half before they caught fire.

2. They dropped to 0-2 on the West Coast trip. Yes, an 0-3 trip is plausible. If they defend in the Denver game like they have in the previous two, they will limp home winless on this journey. The Jazz shot 50.6 percent from the field, one night after Portland shot 49 percent. They just aren't stopping anyone.

3. The Cavaliers just aren't sharing the basketball. They dished out a franchise-low six assists, two in the first half. That's ridiculous. Point guard Kyrie Irving had a game-high 34 points. In 45 minutes, he didn't have an assist. Something is wrong here.

4. Cavaliers swingman Mike Miller called Coach David Blatt's offense "borderline genius" in the preseason. Sorry, but I've seen absolutely no evidence of that. 

5. The Cavaliers played without backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who injured his left knee in the Portland game. Blatt responded by bringing Dion Waiters off the bench. All that did was probably infuriate Waiters, who had five points. He sees himself as an NBA starter. The kid is a hot mess right now. He needs to get his head on straight.

6. The Jazz's big-man rotation of Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert totally dominated the Cavaliers. They combined for 46 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks. You think the Cavaliers could use a big man? No question. 

7. Power forward Kevin Love failed to get a double-double for the first time this season. He ended with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Cavaliers were smoked on the boards, 41-30. They've been outrebounded in three of their four games. I mistakenly thought they'd be the best rebounding team in the league. Boy, was I wrong. That trend has to end for this team to be successful.

8. Shawn Marion made his first start at shooting guard. He had two rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes. That was an interesting move by Blatt: Starting a shooting guard who can't shoot.

7. We're still waiting for Miller to make an impactful play. He attempted a rushed 3-pointer for his only shot. Note to Miller: Shoot the darn ball. That's why you were brought aboard.

UP NEXT: at Denver, Pepsi Center, 10:30 p.m. Friday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Gordon Hayward (6-8, 220)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Derrick Favors (6-10, 268)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Enes Kanter (6-11, 247)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. Alec Burks (6-6, 211)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Trey Burke (6-1, 190)
Cavs - F/C Lou Amundson, G Matthew Dellavedova
Jazz - F Jordan Hamilton, F Toure Murry
James Capers, Steve Anderson, Eric Lewis


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