At times, the Cavaliers can look like a good team. Other times, they look very much like a work in progress.
The Cavaliers lost to the Orlando Magic on Friday night in Orlando 102-94. But I want to forget the box score for a minute. Forget Alonzo Gee’s 20 point effort. Forget Kyrie Irving’s 18 points. Forget the double doubles from both Jamison and Andy. And forget the 14 points from Ramon Sessions. Let’s focus on defense.
The Cavaliers let five Magic players score in double figures. They seemed to be able to score at will every time down the floor. To me, the Cavaliers were getting out played on the defensive end of the floor and paid the price.
Yes, they made a fourth quarter charge. They outscored Orlando 41-30 in the final quarter. But this game shows why they can’t play just for one quarter. They find themselves in a situation where they a defect too large to overcome.
I like that we have people who can score. Even if Jamison’s field goal percentage is not something to write home about. But it’s still encouraging to see young guys like Gee and Irving getting points on the board. I would just like to see the same kind of drive on the defensive end.
The Cavaliers need to be more balanced. Earlier in the year, they played tough defense which lead points on the offensive end. We haven’t seen much of that style of play since. It would be nice to see again. Cause it would be a sign that this team understands its identity. A defensive team that score points off of turnovers. But it’s hard to beat a team when you give up over a hundred points.