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Friday, February 6, 2015

Game 52: Cavs at Pacers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

1. Bet you didn't see this one coming, did you? This happens often on the tail end of a back-to-back, especially on the road. But the Cavs starters were well-rested. None of them played a minute in the fourth quarter of Thursday's big win over the Los Angeles Clippers. They had their 12-game winning streak snapped by a team 13 games under .500, one that was just 4-20 vs. teams over .500 before the game. You knew the winning streak wasn't going to last forever. They hadn't lost since Jan. 13 in Phoenix, LeBron James' first game back from his two-week layoff.

2. James aggravated his sprained right wrist on a fall under the basket. He was elevating toward the rim, but got knocked off balance by Pacers center Roy Hibbert. He got charged with a flagrant-1 foul. We'll find out if James misses any more time when he wakes up in the morning. He was on the sideline in the late going of the game, which was a bit strange.

3. The Cavaliers dropped to second place in the Central Division behind Chicago (30-20). They also slipped back into fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

4. Believe it or not, the Cavs have lost their last nine games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers are playing without All-Star swingman Paul George, who broke his leg last summer, backup center Ian Mahinmi (sprained right ankle) and forward Lavoy Allen (sore right knee).

5. This one had to feel nice for Pacers swingman C.J. Miles, who had played the previous two seasons with the Cavs. He signed with Indiana in free agency. The Cavs had little or no interest in re-signing him. He had a team-high 26 points, 16 in the fourth quarter.

6. The Cavaliers played as well in the Clippers game as they have all season. They were ready for a letdown. It's human nature. They allowed the Pacers to be the aggressors tonight. In the Clippers game, the Cavs pushed the action. Against Indiana, they stood back and watched it happen.

7. The Cavs had hoped they could keep power forward Kevin Love playing at a high level. He reverted right back to some of his old ways against the Pacers. He finished with five points and eight rebounds. He didn't make a shot after the first quarter. He was just 2 of 8 in the game. In the late going, he either passed up shots and took terrible looking shots that had zero chance of going in. I've never seen a guy with so much ability play such invisible minutes. I can't figure this guy out.

8. Love went from outplaying All-Star Blake Griffin on Thursday to sitting on the bench in crunch time against the Pacers. Coach David Blatt can get as sassy as he wants when the media asks about Love, but there's something going on here. Feel free to fill me in because it's got me baffled.

9. The Cavs are 19-9 at home, 12-12 on the road.

10. This was the first time the Cavs have allowed 100 or more points since the Clippers game on Jan. 16 - a span of 12 games. 

UP NEXT: vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Quicken Loans Arena, 3:30 p.m. Sunday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Solomon Hill (6-7, 225)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. David West (6-9, 250)
C Timofey Mozgov (7-1, 250) vs. Roy Hibbert (7-2, 275)
SG J.R. Smith (6-6, 220) vs. C.J. Miles (6-6, 225)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. George Hill (6-3, 192)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Joe Harris
Pacers - F Paul George, F Lavoy Allen
Mike Callahan, Dedric Taylor, Scott Wall


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