I am very much an optimist when it comes to my Cavaliers. I try to focus on things they do well while, at the same time, pointing out the things that they’re doing poorly.
However, I have absolutely nothing positive to say about Friday night’s performance against the Charlotte Bobcats. Because, quite frankly, they played like the New Jersey Nets. I was completely disgusted with their lackadaisical performance and was forced to turn the game off completely midway through the fourth quarter. I just could not watch it anymore.
After missing seventeen free throws the night before, the Cavaliers missed eight of 25 for an even 68% from the stripe. Another completely miserable performance from that standpoint.
The Cavs also allowed the Charlotte Bobcats (the 26-26 Charlotte Bobcats) to shoot 54.7% from the field and 47.4% from three point range. That’s horrible for an average team. But for a team that prides itself on the defensive end? Give me a break.
As excited as I was to see Antawn Jamison in uniform, I was completely let down by the former all-star. Jamison was 0 for 12 shooting the basketball and managed only two points to go along with his seven rebounds. But it was only game one for our new arrival so I’m certainly not panicking yet. That doesn’t mean I can’t be disgusted though.
Cleveland shot the ball at a higher percentage from behind the arc (41.4%) than they did from inside the three point line (39%) and were completely pulverized in the paint. The Cavs, who are the best team in the league in defending and scoring in the paint, were outscored 48-24 on Friday night. 48-24! That comes from a completely lack of effort on the defensive end. Nothing more needs to be said about that.
Now with all that said, the good news (or bad news, depending on how you look at it) is that Cleveland will have a day break before heading south to take on the Orlando Magic. Let’s not dwell on this one; we are still 43-13. Friday night was just one of 82 games. Let’s keep the faith BELIEVELAND!