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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cavs at Trail Blazers

Moda Center
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: NBA TV, Fox Sports Ohio

QUICK SHOTS: 1. You guys remember LeBron James, don't you? Can anyone let me know where he's been? He had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists against Portland. His last basket came with 6:39 left in the SECOND QUARTER! He was 0 of 4 from the field in the second half for zero points. Who is this man? It's not the James I know. This guy is an impostor. For the second time in three games, he played passively. That's got to stop.

2. The point guard matchup was a joke. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving finished with nine points and five assists. He made 3 of 17 shots. This was the same guy who dominated play for Team USA this summer and played Damian Lillard off the team. Lillard, obviously, remembered. He finished with a game-high 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Both players are All-Stars, but one didn't play like it on Tuesday.

3. The Cavaliers made their first 10 shots from the field. From there, they made 21 of their next 65 shots (32 percent). In the final three quarters, they were outscored, 70-48. They managed just 13 points in the fourth.

4. They were outrebounded by the Trail Blazers, 48-41. It's the second time in three games they've been outrebounded. That shouldn't be happening. They have too many outstanding rebounders. Power forward Kevin Love is averaging 13.3 rebounds in the first three games. They went through the entire preseason without being outrebounded.

5. This was an early road test for the Cavaliers. I have to say they failed miserably. The Trail Blazers protect their home court as well as any team in the league. It's no longer called the Rose Garden, but it's an extremely tough place to play. The Cavaliers had better get used to playing in hostile environments. If they don't respond any better than this, it's going to be a long year.

6. The Cavaliers wanted to win all three games on the trip. Obviously, that's not happening. Coming home 2-1 on this trip would be a rousing success at this point. Their game at Utah on Wednesday is going to be a difficult one. The second night of a back-to-back on a road trip is almost a scheduled loss.

7. Loved the comment Coach David Blatt made on Monday when he said the Cavs played the game and not the moment in the Chicago game. A lot of the players, including James, got caught up in the moment in the Knicks game. That can't happen with this team. Every game is going to be an event. It seems as if half of their games are on national TV. They have to take care of business and worry about their team and not listen to all the noise.

UP NEXT: at Utah, EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Nicolas Batum (6-8, 220)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. LeMarcus Aldridge (6-11, 250)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Robin Lopez (7-0, 265)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 225) vs. Wesley Matthews (6-5, 215)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Damion Lillard (6-3, 195)
Cavs - F/C Lou Amundson, G Will Cherry
Trail Blazers - F Victor Claver, F/C Joel Freeland
Monty McCutchen, Kane Fitzgerald, Marat Kogut


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