After showing the world who he was at All Star Weekend, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked to start the unofficial second half of the season with a bang against the New Orleans Hornets. So how did the wine and gold fare against the NBA‘s third youngest head coach, Monty Williams, and his Hornets?
With four of the Cavs’ starters still recovering from All Star weekend, the home team needed to rely heavily on the bench bunch through the first three quarters. Cavs guard CJ Miles was perfect on all his attempts in the first half and scored seven points.
Cavaliers starting small forward Alonzo Gee knocked down three first half triples. Gee continues to get better and better from beyond the arc. He has hit eight three pointers on the home stand.
In the second half, the Cavs turned up the defense. Transition basketball and protecting the basketball allowed the Cavaliers to build a third quarter lead, but lost it late. They also found themselves in the bonus with seven minutes to go in the third quarter, but failed to take advantage of it.
The thing about this game that shocked me was the in effectiveness of the NBA‘s number one pick, Anthony Davis. The rookie battled physically on defense against Tristan Thompson. The uni-brow scored 10 points and did nothing special offensively. Davis was hardly even seen in the second half.
In the end, Irving would come to the rescue for the Cavs, scoring 20 in the fourth quarter to finish with 35 points. Despite grabbing just their 17th win on the season, the future looks really bright for the young Cavs.
Ryan Ruiz – NBA Writer
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