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Final thoughts: Heat 92, Cavs 85

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2012

Here is the perfect illustration to what was a strange night in Miami: Kyrie Irving threw the ball away for the Cavs' 17th turnover with 4:17 left in the third quarter and the Cavs trailing 55-51.

Shane Battier came up with the steal on Irving's pass and tried to fire it down the court in transition, but Omri Casspi was quick to get back and picked the ball off. Upon trying to bring it back up the floor, he threw an alley-oop pass to ... well, I still don't know who. The ball wasn't really directed at anyone, flew into the stands and the Cavs had their 18th turnover of the night.

Scott immediately turned around and summoned Alonzo Gee back into the game and Casspi wasn't seen again the rest of the night.

That isn't meant to pick on Casspi, who actually did a solid job of getting back on defense. I counted at least three times Casspi stopped the Heat in transition by getting back and disrupting fast breaks, something that was Scott's biggest concern at the start of the night.

But every time the Cavs did something right, they negated the positive by doing something really dumb. They threw the ball into the stands enough to make Ricky Vaughn proud. Young team or not, they simply can't have those types of errors.

Scott has been hard on Kyrie Irving for his defense and turnovers, and rightly so. But I didn't think Irving was the problem tonight and I thought he should've played more minutes. I completely understand Scott's thinking. He has limited Irving's minutes all season and the Cavs have another game Wednesday, but they had a chance to score a big win Tuesday and let it slip away. Letting Irving play more than five minutes in the fourth quarter could've helped the cause.

As for the defense on Bosh that allowed him to score 35, well... I have an early flight in the morning, so I'll save that for another day.

Turning point
The Cavs couldn't defend Chris Bosh most of the night, particularly in the fourth quarter. He had 35 points, including 17 in the final quarter. He scored nine in the final 2:37 and went 14 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Key stat
The Cavs committed 22 turnovers, the seventh time in 16 games they've had at least 20 in a game.

"That was more like us as a basketball team. Good solid defense, stayed in the game for 48 minutes. The only thing I’m disappointed in was the 22 turnovers again. And that’s killing our team because it’s hard to overcome those mistakes when you are playing great basketball teams. Some of them were going in the stands, some of them were bad decisions. We just have to get better at taking care of the basketball and treating it better than the way we have been treating it." -- Byron Scott

Up next
The Cavs (6-10) host the New York Knicks (7-10) at 7 p.m. tonight at the Q.


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