The consternation remains. The Cavs made dumb mistakes throughout the game, and missed open jump shot after open jump shot. Kevin Love didn't play in crunch time. Neither did Timofey Mozgov. There will be a lot of different storylines that come from this game. At the end of the day, though, it goes down in the win column.
Your Cleveland Cavaliers, 95. The Charlotte Hornets, 90.
This was an ugly game for the Cavs. There were dumb fouls defensively, and there were large stretches where the ball stuck offensively, and the percentage of field goals that were assisted reflects that fact. The officiating veered from questionable to egregious in the fourth quarter as both LeBron James and Tristan Thompson took various levels of harassment from Hornets players without getting any help.
It's a weird game to write about, because it's hard to isolate players that played particularly well. Timofey Mozgov had a very good first half, but then struggled in limited time in the second. Richard Jefferson acquitted himself nicely. J.R. Smith had a disastrous first three quarters before coming through in the fourth. LeBron James was very good, but oftentimes seemed responsible in part for the offensive stagnation. Tristan Thompson rebounded and turned the ball over and defended and missed make-able shots and got his shot blocked a bit. He wasn't bad, and in fact played hard and slowed down Al Jefferson in the fourth. Not worth writing home about.
Matthew Dellavedova stepped up with good defense, and avoided the headscratching decisions we saw from other Cavs. He also missed some shots that would have been helpful. Love was banged up and didn't play late in the game. He finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, which seems incredible for me to read off the box score. His game didn't jump out at me.
Alright, I have an uncle in town from Florida. Let me know what you saw in the comments.