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Final thoughts: Jazz 113, Cavs 105

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2012

As the Cavs wind deeper and deeper into this road trip, a few glaring flaws are beginning to creep up on both ends of the floor.

The 3-point shooting the last two games has been woeful. I asked the question earlier this season whether or not this was a 3-point shooting team and the consensus seemed to be no. The Cavs have guys who can shoot the 3, but it isn't a 3-point team. That certainly has looked true this week.

After a blazing start, Ramon Sessions' 3-point shooting has cooled considerably. He's made just 2 of his last 9, but to his credit, Sessions isn't forcing the shot and rarely takes more than one per game.

Alonzo Gee's shooting touch has disappeared, too. He's just 1 of 8 shooting 3s on this trip. Add it all up and the Cavs are 7 of 44 on 3s in their last two games and Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson are back to being the only consistent 3-point threats. That's bad news for a team searching for offense this season.

The free throw shooting has been abysmal. The Cavs are making less than 70 percent of their free throws and rank in the bottom five in the league. A few more free throws Tuesday could've given them the victory.

Defensively, the Cavs were exposed inside. Luckily for them, there are only a handful of true centers in the league and Al Jefferson is one of the better ones. But Jefferson manhandled the Cavs in the middle, something that must improve quickly.

Part of the reason I believe Scott went to Semih Erden so early was to see how he can handle a bigger body. Scott is intrigued with Erden's size and wants to see him produce, but Tuesday wasn't his night. I'm willing to cut the guy some slack and allow him to work his way back into shape, but remember: The Celtics, a team who could sure use a big center, gave him away for a second-round pick. Why is that?

Key stat
The Cavs went without a field goal for the final 5:11 of the first half.

Turning point
The Jazz scored 10 of the final 12 points of the half to build a 52-43 lead at the break.

“We didn’t do a real good job obviously in the post. A lot of them shot the ball too freely and their post players are just too good. We have to do a better job of understanding we have to be a little bit more aggressive and a little bit more physical.” -- Cavs coach Byron Scott

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