Cleveland Cavaliers Showing Positive Signs in Loses

By Nick Claussen


David Richard – USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost again on Wednesday night to drop to 4-15 on the season, but at least the team showed a little fire.

The Cavaliers lost the game 95-85 to the Chicago Bulls, who have owned the Wine and Gold in recent years. This was the 10th straight time the Cavaliers have lost to the Bulls, who led by double digits for much of the game.

It’s no fun to see the Cavaliers lose again, but when your team is 4-15 you have to look for good signs whenever you can, so here are a few of them.

First of all, the Cavaliers played once again without starting guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, who were both out with injuries. OK, that’s obviously not a good sign, but it is a big reason why the team struggled on Wednesday night and has been struggling.

The two guards are the team’s top scorers, and Irving is by far the best player on the Cavaliers. He is also one of the top point guards in the NBA. When Irving and Waiters are both healthy again, the whole team is going to play much better.

Backup guard Donald Sloan received a lot of playing time against the Bulls, and showed some positive signs. The Cavaliers have had trouble attacking the rim with Irving out, but Sloan continued to go at the hoop possession after possession. It was good to see him in an attack mode.

Forward/center Tyler Zeller also played well once again. Zeller had 10 points and 7 rebounds on the night, and has been a consistent player for the Cavaliers. He showed up once again on Wednesday night, and his play against the solid front line of the Bulls was great to see.

C.J. Miles also played well, despite struggling with consitency all season. Miles has had a poor start to the year (and that is putting it kindly), as he is shooting an appalling 30 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the arc. He is only scoring 5.8 points per game.

On Wednesday night, though, Miles scored 10 points on 4-8 shooting, and he looked much better than he has recently. Miles was driving at times with authority and he was playing with confidence. It was just 10 points and it was just one game, but at least it was something positive from Miles.

Finally, guard Jeremy Pargo showed the most fire of anyone on the team by throwing a behind-the-back, no-look pass right into Marco Belinelli’s face late in the game. The Bulls guard fouled Pargo on a drive late in the fourth quarter, and after Pargo caught his balance, he fired the ball straight back at Belinelli. Pargo was called for a technical foul on the play.

Now while fans don’t want players to get out of control, it was good to at least see Pargo showing some emotion as the Cavaliers were losing once again. Cavaliers fans would rather see the team get some wins, but at least Pargo looked upset and a least a couple players showed some signs that better days are coming for the Wine and Gold.

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