The Cleveland Cavaliers (11-17) lost to the Miami Heat (24-7) 111-87 for the third and final time this season on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
And whenever there is mention of the Miami Heat, LeBron James name isn’t too far behind. In his return to his old palace, King James scored 28 points and recorded five rebounds and assists. This was LeBron’s first and last visit this season to Cleveland after remarks he made earlier in the week about returning to Cleveland. James exercised the idea but as of right now he is with the Miami Heat, although he could very well end up in Cleveland after his contract expires with the Heat. The way he played at The Q tonight brought a wave of nostalgia in the arena. Why wouldn’t we take him back if we have the option? Who cares how bad of a person he may be, he may have been the best player to ever wear a Cleveland uniform. Let’s talk game.
Everything went downhill right from the start for the Cavaliers, as they were outscored 35-14 in the first quarter. It seems that there is a reoccurring theme with the Cavs underperforming in one quarter every game. They dig themselves into a hole very early in the game and can never climb back out of it. Not having Anderson Varejao will put even more pressure on the Cavs for the next four to six weeks to keep the game within reach, but take each game a quarter at a time.
Varejao or not, I still don’t get why Cleveland went with the starters they did. Antawn Jamison, no brainer. Semih Erden, filling in for Varejao. Kyrie Irving, rookie sensation. Alonzo Gee, providing the explosiveness Varejao used to bring. Omri Casspi, I don’t know? With Anthony Parker still out with an injury, why isn’t Ramon Sessions starting at the other guard spot? Why is Gee filling into the guard spot and Casspi is still taking the small forward spot? Sessions had 15 off the bench and has been playing great when he’s gotten the chance to start. Casspi has had too many chances and hasn’t stepped up big all season. Give some other players a chance to see how deep your bench is.
I’m glad that the three games with Miami this regular season have come and gone. I knew they were going to be ugly, but besides this one the other two games in Miami weren’t bad. This Cavs team is much better than the team in 2010, but this Heat team is so much better than the 2010 team.
The Sacramento Kings (10-20) will visit The Q Sunday night to take on the Cavaliers.