Jan 9, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cavs Close Out Road Trip With Sluggish Loss

After a great road-win against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to Utah to take on the Jazz.

Jan 14, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) controls the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-118. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Flat, slow, or any other synonym for unmotivated that you may know can be used to describe the Cavs’ defensive effort.   In his first time back in Utah, former Jazz man C.J. Miles led the offense in the first half who had 10 points and two assists.  He followed up his first half performance with two points in the second half.

The Cavs only trailed by five points at half, but it went downhill in the second half and the Cavs lost their last game of their west coast trip 109-98.

Dion Waiters bounced back from an abysmal performance in the team win in Portland, leading the team in scoring with 23 points.

Kyrie Irving had a pedestrian game with 18 points on 7 of 20 from shooting.  Irving, Waiters, and Miles struggled defending Utah’s Randy Foye letting him shoot 4 of 8 from three, finishing with 20 points.

The Jazz got great contribution from their bench tonight who consisted of Derrick Favors, DaMarre Carroll, and Enes Kanter who combined for 51 points.  Earl Watson played 25 minutes off the bench and had zero points and nine assists.

As a team the Jazz shot 50 percent form the field.

It is hard to take something positive out of a game like the Cavs played tonight.  However you have to be encouraged by the performance
from the big men, Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson.  Both finished with double doubles highlighted by Zeller’s 13 points, 14 rebounds. In Thompson’s last five games he has averaged 14.8 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cavs come back to Quicken Loans arena Tuesday to take on the Boston Celtics.  Tipoff is schedule for 7:00 p.m.

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