Anderson Varejao And Kyrie Irving Play Great In Loss For The Cleveland Cavaliers
The rest of the team, not so much.
Irving and Varejao are both playing like NBA All-Stars so far this year, and the two of them are keeping the Cavs in most games.
On Tuesday, Varejao scored 35 points and Irving scored 34, but the rest of the team only scored 32 in a 114 to 101 loss in Brooklyn. The Cavs bench, a recurring problem for the team, scored only six points.
And Varejao, who currently looks like the best big man in the Eastern Conference, also pulled down 18 rebounds. His 35 points set a new career high for him, after he passed his previous career high in the third quarter.
Once again on Tuesday, Varejao dominated inside. Every game, he seems to battle for nearly every rebound, and he scores a lot off of put-backs and by cutting to the basket to get open.
Against Brooklyn, Varejao also had several outstanding plays, including one where he drove to his left from out past the key and finished at the rim with a left-handed dunk. He has improved immensely as a scorer in recent years, and is always working hard and making hustle plays for the Cavs.
Irving, meanwhile, can get to the rim as well as anyone in the league and is also knocking down his jump shots. Along with his 34 points against Brooklyn, he also dished out 8 assists and had 3 steals.
He also has excellent chemistry with Varejao and set up with the big man with the big hair several times for dunks or layups against Brooklyn.
Varejao and Irving filled up the stat sheet and the highlight reel against Brooklyn, just like they have been doing in nearly every game so far this season.
The Cavs are getting some contributions from other players such as Tristan Thompson, Alonzo Gee, Dion Waiters and Daniel Gibson, but they needed a lot more against the Nets and they are going to continue to need a lot more if they are going to get back on the winning track soon.