Mar 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Gary Zielinski (59) watches as Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles along the sideline after picking up a loose ball in the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
When we last saw our heroes, the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the midst of getting their collective asses handed to them by the Phoenix Suns. Lead by the Polish Hammer himself, Marcin Gortat, the Suns cruised to an easy victory, toppling the Cavaliers in a 25 point blow-out in front of an unhappy home audience.
Since then we've learned that Daniel Gibson is out indefinitely with a torn tendon in his ankle, adding his name next to Anderson Verejao's on the Cavaliers injured list. That said, Andre Iguodala is sitting for the Sixers, meaning the Cavaliers have a window, maybe a very narrow window, to squeak out a victory.
It's a showdown in the City of Brotherly Love, the home of cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell, and that dude who purposely vomited on a little girl at a Phillies game. Cavs. Sixers. Who wins? Who goes home a loser? Let's check Twitter:
FIrst Quarter: @RealMYoung23
I step away from my computer to put my leftovers away and the game is a 5-5 tie. I walk back into the living room a minute later and find that the Cavaliers are now down seven. What happened I think? Oh, Jodie Meeks puts up 10 in the first half of the first quarter. Apparently Anthony Parker's veteran leadership is more important that offense, defense, or anything else even remotely resembling a polished game.
Luckily for the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving's fourth quarter game is on display early tonight. With eight points each, Kyrie and Jamison keep the Cavaliers' hopes alive. Cavs down eight, 29-21 Philly.
Second Quarter: @WayneEmbrysKids
Here's a fun little stat! Without Kyrie Irving on the floor, the Cavaliers scored nine points this half. Nine points. Meanwhile, Jody Meeks, Jrue Holliday and Lou Williams have all put up more than that. Things are looking bad, Cavaliers down 14. 57-43 Philly.
Third Quarter: @LUNI_TUNZ
You know a game is bad when Twitter is quiet. That said, it's so quiet tonight you could hear a pin-drop. Despite the fact that Anthony Parker seemingly re-discovered his shot in the locker-room during halftime, the Cavs still trail by 14. The offense of the second unit is absolutely stagnant. Ramon Sessions was hiding some serious problems with these guys. 82-68 Philly.
Fourth Quarter: @RealCavsFans
Embarrassing. Defense was non-existant. The "offense" from the second unit was laughable. The Cavs showed absolutely no effort all evening. With three more games this week (Wednesday night and then Friday/Saturday), it's beginning to look like it's going to be a long week. Kyrie ends with an anemic 12 points, 8 of which came in the first quarter. Jodie Meeks has a career night. Alonzo Gee gets blocked three times in the same possession (record?). I cry myself to sleep. Cavs lose by 18, 103-85 Philly.