Kyrie Irving defended his desire to play in Cleveland and his love for his teammates. He went out and put on a one man show to prove his point, scoring 44 points to go along with 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Unfortunately the rest of the team struggled on offense, and though they kept it close and got it to overtime, fell to the playoff bound Charlotte Bobcats. The Cavaliers need a miraculous finish to the season, winning out and both the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks to lose the rest of their games to make the playoffs.
The game was either a defensive wonder or an offensive struggle depending on how strong your optimism is. Primarily it was the later with the Cavs shooting just over 36% from the field while the Bobcats shop a whopping 37%. The Bobcats missed 8 free throws which helped keep the Cavs in the game. Overall for the home team shots wouldn’t fall, often due to very little lift in their jump shots and poor spacing on the floor.
Where the Cavs emotionally invested in the game after the crushing defeat to the Hawks the night before? Most likely not. Would Irving have unloaded his scoring spree had it not been for the anger related to Brian Windhorst’s comments? Probably not. Yet there Irving was hitting a jumper with 7 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime. His missed wide open 3 pointer near the end of overtime was the nail in the coffin. The ‘Cats hit a couple free throws around a Spencer Hawes 3 pointer before Hawes’ full court heave came up empty.
Empty. Just the way this #seasonofhuh is going to feel all off-season. A season of what could of been. A season of what should of been. Now an off-season of ‘What might be?’ For Cavs and their fans the lottery beckons once again. The team will most likely be selecting between picks 9 and 11, with the only hope being Nick Gilbert and his lucky bow tie.
Did the Cavs get your hopes up only to have them dashed in the last two games? What positives do you take away from the season? Negatives? What are your hopes for next year?