Some readers may not like my short game reviews. They may say short reviews aren’t in depth enough. But when the Cavaliers play as they did against the Golden State Warriors, there isn’t really much to be said.
Cavs lost to the Warriors 105-95 in their first game at Quicken Loans Arena in a long time. At time the Cavs were getting out run and out played by Mark Jackson’s team. It was an extremely frustrating game to watch. At times, the Cavs played great. Kyrie Irving had 18 points and Jamison led the team with 19 points. Semih Erden came out and had an excellent game with 14 points as well. This should jump start Erden and could be a sign of things to come.
But the bonehead plays were hard to watch. I watched about four Cavaliers attempt to drop the ball through the net at point blank range. I lost count of how many times they tapped the ball. And they still couldn’t get it to go in. It was another reminder that the Cavs have little to no inside presence or physicality. Fans love Andy and I do too. But he and Jamison got owned all night by David Lee and his game high 29 points. Lee totally overpowered every player who guarded him.
I mentioned it in a previous post, but Gibson has got to step inside the three point line. Five of his seven shots were from behind the line. He made only two of them. His point totals could go much higher if he shots the easier shot. Or maybe he could drive the lane as Irving and Sessions have been doing.
It was a long road trip and the Cavs do need rest. But they completely were out muscled and out played by Golden State. It doesn’t get any easier with Chicago coming up next. I expect a more energetic team come Friday night.