This season when a team prepares for a matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, most of them have to assume it should be an easy win considering LeBron James‘ former team had just nine wins heading into Wednesday and were playing without star big man Anderson Varejao–who is recovering from a serious knee injury. Unfortuantely for the Portland Trail Blazers, they didn’t appear to be prepared enough for the Cavaliers–especially when it came to stopping Kyrie Irving.
The second-year point guard displayed another impressive performance this season after scoring 31 points to go along with three rebounds and five assits as Cleveland picked up their 10th victory of the season with a 93-88 win over Portland. For a team with limited talent to begin with, Irving has shined for the Cavaliers in his second season as he’s averaging over over 23 points per game this season and quickly developing into one of the league’s most exciting guards to watch.
Portland became the latest victim to Irving’s talent on the court and even though it’s still early in the season–these are the types of games that could come back and haunt the Trail Blazers later in the season. With all of the heavy competition in the Western Conference, Portland’s best chance of making the playoffs this season will come from earning one of the lower seeds–which certainly won’t be easy considering how close the race is for the final few spots.
Wednesday was one of those games where the Trail Blazers will look back at and realize they should have won–especially when considering they were at home and each starter reached double digits in scoring.
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