Friday night featured a match-up of two teams that are under .500 and have not lived up to expectations this season, and at this point are just trying to salvage whatever hope is left in a disappointing season. Both the Utah Jazz and the Cleveland Cavaliers had playoff aspirations this season after rebuilding their rosters from previous years, but neither team could have envisioned what has happened this season. Both teams are virtually eliminated from playoff contention and the teams have a combined record of 45-73, so now the teams are trying to grind out wins for pride and pride alone.
The Cavaliers surprisingly dominated the battle between the bottom-dwellers coming out with a 99-79 win at home. While the team has struggled this season, Kyrie Irving continues to show why he is an All-Star and what he is capable of. Irving recorded a triple-double in the win putting up 21 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Tristan Thompson and Luol Deng added to the winning effort combining for 34 points and 17 rebounds. The Cavs have not outrun mediocrity since the departure of LeBron James, but is this team even close to returning to relevancy?
Cleveland thought their prayers were answered when the team drafted Kyrie Irving, the proclaimed savior, but the team has not sniffed greatness since Irving’s arrival. This leaves many to question the organization’s path going forward.
Cleveland has been through many struggles in recent memory and the times do not look brighter on the horizon as Irving is expected to take his talents out of the city of Cleveland when his contract is up.
Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network