The Cavaliers are reeling, having lost three games in a row. I hate to be Negative Nancy but it feels as though Cleveland is going to lose again tonight against the Phildelphia 76ers. Ready for a rapid game preview? Good, because the game starts in like...an hour. (Hooray for my time management skills!)
Song Of The Day: Hero - Enrique Iglesias
Cleveland Cavaliers (17-29) at Philadelphia Sixers (27-22)
Andre Iguodala is not playing tonight. This fills me with sadness. He's one of my favorite players in the league to watch. For the Cavaliers, this is probably a good thing. He's a phenomenal defender and a great passer for a forward. He's the Sixers' best player, but regardless, Philly should be in good shape.
The Sixers are basically just too deep and play as a team too well for the Cavaliers to overcome them on the road. Byron Scott reportedly had the Cavs running and working out much harder this week in practice, but I'm not sure it will matter. I don't doubt that the Cavs will come out with much better effort than they did against Phoenix (that's not saying much). However, the Sixers are significantly better than the Suns. Therefore, I have determined that we are in line for a loss. Which (as you may know) is not necessarily a bad thing.
At this point in the season, I basically just want to see Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Alonzo Gee progress every night. I'd love for Manny Harris and Donald Sloan to become viable NBA players, but we don't have much invested in them. The real goal is to see that Kyrie, Tigger, and Zo become above average players and real factors in our rebuilding core. So tonight, let's watch TT and Kyrie. Furthermore, let's not worry about Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison, and the other veterans. They aren't part of the future plans, so don't sweat it, okay? I realize that people are going to be sitting here going "AP IS TEH SUCKZ" regardless of what I type, but it's worth a shot. Just...focus on the positives and don't worry about the guys that aren't in this for the long haul, k? Awesome.
Tristan Thompson vs. Elton Brand
Elton Brand is a savvy veteran. Tristan is a raw rookie. This is a matchup that Tristan can learn a lot from. He needs to work on his defensive positioning and focus on going up strong. If he does those things well, then he should have some success. Once again, pay attention to what the young guys do well. Don't get upset when Anthony Parker plays like crap. The end.
Fear The Sword's Fearless Prediction:
I already predicted that the Sixers will beat the Cavs. I will also go ahead and say that Kyrie Irving has a nice day scoring the ball and drops 28 points rather efficiently. I'll say Tigger gets a double-double in a Sixers win 99-87. Boom.