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Final thoughts: Knicks 102, Cavs 97

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2013

CLEVELAND: Final thoughts from another crushing loss in a game the Cavs should've won ...

* This game shouldn't have come down to the final few seconds, but I'd like to see the Cavs get more creative at the end of games, too. 

* Too often, the Cavs' offense at the end of games is simply to get the ball in Kyrie Irving's hands, get out of the way and hope he makes a play. 

* Against Toronto he walked up the floor and buried the big 3-pointer to win it. Against San Antonio and again tonight, he started under the basket and moved toward half court, caught the pass and missed the shot. There is rarely a screen and hardly a play run, just get the ball in his hands and get out of the way. 

* A young team needs more structure than that. Yes, Irving is a special talent, but I'd like to see more creativity in end-game scenarios. 

* But that's not why the Cavs lost this game. They lost this game because they build a big lead and stopped playing. Teams do it in the NBA all the time, but the Cavs aren't good enough to do it. They stopped moving the ball on offense, they stopped defending. Then the Knicks got hot on 3-pointers and that was that. 

* Irving became the ninth player in history to score 2,000 points before the age of 21. He'll celebrate his 21st birthday in a few weeks, but looking at the other names on the list, it's worth celebrating now: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and Stephon Marbury. The first six names on that list are Hall of Fame players. That's the type of company Irving is in. 

* Mo Speights made all 10 of his shots in the first half, scored 21 points and looked unstoppable. He went 0 for 4 in the second half. It was that kind of night.

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