Mar 31, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives up to score during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 91-75. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Goodness gracious, these games are getting hard to watch. Because these games are getting so hard to watch, expect my recaps to become less and less serious. You can expect more GIFs and more short sentences that point out how terrible this team has become. Without Kyrie Irving last night against the Knicks, the Cavaliers lost 91-75 and fell to 17-33 on the season. This was the 7th loss in a row, but the Cavs are now in the FIFTH slot in the draft lottery! Woo!
Cavs "Leaders": Points: Jamison, 13; Rebounds: Sloan, 7; Assists; Sloan, 4
Uhh, what the heck was that? With both Kyrie and Anderson Varejao injured, the Cavaliers look like a D-League team. In fact, there are six guys that have spent time in the D-League on the roster right now. There were times that the Cavs ran out a lineup of Donald Sloan-Lester Hudson-Luke Walton-Omri Casspi-Samardo Samuels. I think that pretty much tells you everything you need to know.
The Cavalier had just 13 assists to 19 turnovers. The entire offense falls apart without an actual point guard out there. It was a total mess. The Cavaliers shot under 40% from the field as a team. Do you actually want me to keep going with these stats? It's just going to make you cry. I promise.
Antawn Jamison led the team in scoring with 13 points. He did that on 5-15 shooting. Tristan Thompson played just 15 minutes. I have no clue why. Manny Harris didn't play at all. There was no injury so I'm assuming that Byron Scott was just trying to send a message.
Alonzo Gee was aggressive getting the rim and because of that mindset, shot 10 free throws. Unfortunately, he made just 6 of those. He also didn't do his usual shutdown job defending Carmelo Anthony. Melo scored 19 points on 7-14 shooting. It wasn't a huge day, but it was still efficient.
I don't really want to say anything more about this game. If you have actual question, I'll be happy to answer them in comments. For now, go back to the ESPN Mock Draft Lottery Machine and dream about a Kyrie-Bradley Beal backcourt.
I'll leave you with this GIF of a dancing bear.