What is going on? The Cavaliers need to get healthy and they need to get healthy fast. Without Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs are beyond ugly. Their offense is pathetic and even Anderson Varejao is struggling. Tonight, it appears as though both starting guards will be out once again. Oh and this is the 4th game in 5 nights, so that's fun too.
When? 7:30 PM Eastern
Where? Quicken Loans Arena -- Cleveland, OH
Where on my eyeballs? Fox Sports Ohio / NBA League Pass
Tickets? Cleveland Cavaliers tickets.
I apologize for the relative lack of content recently -- finals and such, you know. Anyway, it's probably better that I've had limited time to pay attention to the Cavaliers because they are playing some horribly ugly basketball lately. Without Kyrie, the Cavs were able to manage to run a decent-ish offense. Jeremy Pargo stepped up and Dion Waiters slid into the lead guard spot for a good chunk of most games. Now that Waiters is also out, however, the offense is absolutely the worst. Jeremy Pargo, Daniel Gibson, and Donald Sloan are playing okay, but they aren't starters.
Without any consistent ability to run the pick and roll or penetrate, Anderson Varejao is struggling on offense. He's still a monster on the boards, but you can see how much harder he has to work to get his points. Please come back soon, Kyrie and Dion.
As much as I'd like to win games, there's really just no reason that we should expect to win without Ky and Dion. The defense (although it's getting better) isn't nearly good enough to make up for the lack of offense.
Last time we played the Pistons, Byron Scott opted to start Alonzo Gee and Omri Casspi. The size of Detroit's backcourt (specifically Kyle Singler) caused him to not start Boobie Gibson. It makes sense, but didn't really work, as Singler had a big game regardless. We'll see if Byron switches up the starting lineup again.
I don't blame you if you opt to skip this game tonight. It will likely be atrocious. Cleveland Cavaliers basketball!
Fear The Sword's Fearless Prediction:
I don't want to make excuses for this team, but I'm about to make excuses for this team. Playing the Detroit Pistons at home should be an easy win right? Well, not when your two leading scorers are in suits and it's the fourth game in five nights. It shall be ugly, my friends. Cavs lose 96-86.