Game 12: L
Posted by disappointmentzone on 23 November 2006
Three times this season the Cavs have played back-to-back games. Three times this season the Cavs have won the first game of a back-to-back. Three times this season the Cavs have lost the second game of a back-to-back. In two of those losses the Cavs were blown away in the fourth quarter; in two of the losses the Cavs were blown away early. Last night’s loss was the bridge between the two extremes: the Cavs were both blown away early and blown away late. If basketball games only lasted from the second quarter to the fourth quarter the Cavs might be fine. For now, at least, that’s not that case, and there is no sign that David Stern is interested in changing the format of the game. So perhaps a new strategy is needed, because whatever the plan is right now…it’s not working.
Fortunately, the Cavs have 20 back-to-back series this season. Excellent.
It’s worth noting that Mike Brown rested Anderson Varejao against Memphis, limiting him to only 13 minutes. This appeared to be a move to ensure that at least one important player had fresh legs for the Toronto game. The move worked. Anderson was one of only three players to have an above-average game. Sasha Pavlovic was limited to 14 minutes against Memphis. He was also one of the three player to have an above-average game. LeBron James was the third.
I’m not going to post a Disappointment Zone Boxscore for the Toronto game (unless there is some outcry, which I doubt). Doing so would be too, well, disappointing. It’s a lot of negative numbers and not much else. Again, only LBJ, Varejao, and Sasha had above-average games. Everyone else sucked. The suckiest of the sucky was Donyell Marshall (-.465). The least sucky of the sucky was Drew Gooden (-.072).
Once more, none of the guards is average and the Cavs lose. This is something to keep an eye on.