Cavs 105, Hornets 95
A win is a win is a win is a...Cliche but true as the Cavs snapped their three-losing streak in an unimpressive fashion.
But there are still too many problems on the defensive side of the court that the Cavs have to get corrected. They weren't very physical tonight as the Hornets beat them in transition and scored on too many layups and uncontested jumpers. Consequently, New Orleans shot 50 percent from the floor, a disturbing trend that dates back before the All-Star break.
Quite simply there are things that need to be fixed before the Cavs can dream of championships.
Game: Cavs (44-14) vs. New Orleans Hornets (30-27) Broadcast:
TV: FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM). Starters:
Cavs: LeBron James (F); Antawn Jamison (F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Hornets: David West (F); Peja Stojakovic (F); Emeka Okafor (C); Morris Peterson (G); Darren Collison (G). Injured:
Cavs: Here's a first - they're completely healthy.
Hornets: Chris Paul (left knee surgery); Darius Songaila (sprained right ankle); Ike Diogu (left knee surgery).
Officials: Tom Washington, Pat Fraher, Marat Kogut.
The Cavs may have thought they'd gotten a break with Chris Paul missing time with left knee surgery. Not so. Up steps Darren Collison, the rookie from UCLA, who is averaging 17.9 points, 8.2 steals and 3.9 rebounds in Paul's place. Nice. Oh, forgot to mention the triple-double.
The Hornets come in on a two-game winning streak and it's not a team that has nothing for which to play. They are just one game out - with a winning record - for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Were they playing in the East, they'd own the sixth seed.
The Cavs on the other hand, have lost three in a row and are looking for themselves after bringing in Antawn Jamison to bolster the lineup. Jamison gets his first start tonight and it's his Quicken Loans Arena debut. After an abysmal performance Friday, he played much better against the Orlando Magic Sunday. But the Cavs' overall dilemma right now is the inability to defend.
They got back to who they were in the second half Sunday, but it was too little too late.