Wine and Gold Fall in Philly
Wrap-Up – On Sunday afternoon, the Cavaliers looked like a club that’s ready for the regular season to be over. They fell behind early and couldn’t recover late – falling to the Sixers, 91-77, in the City of Brotherly Love.
Three Cavalier starters – including Kyrie Irving, who picked up his fifth foul 90 seconds into the second half – combined for just six points. On the afternoon, the Wine and Gold shot just 37 percent from the floor and committed 19 turnovers in one of the season’s sloppier affairs.
Tristan Thompson was rock-solid once more, finishing with 12 points, 12 boards and three blocked shots in just 26 minutes of action. Wayne Ellington and Marreese Speights also finished with a dozen points in the loss. Kevin Jones doubled-up with 11 points and 10 boards and Dion Waiters, returning to his hometown, pitched in with 11 points of his own.
Turning Point – When the turning point of the ballgame is the opening tip, that doesn’t bode well for the team on the losing end. On Sunday afternoon, Philadelphia ran out to a 19-3 lead and led, 32-19, after one quarter. The Wine and Gold scored just 15 points in the second period and 17 more in the third en route to their fourth straight loss.
Game Ball – Kevin Jones – Although the Canton Charge could have used Jones in the D-League playoffs this weekend, the former West Virginia standout was busy making an NBA case for himself next season. Jones tallied his first NBA double-double on Sunday, going 5-for-11 from the floor and grabbing four of his boards off the offensive glass.
By the Numbers – 30 … double-doubles for Tristan Thompson on the season, including four in his last six games. His 30 double-doubles ranks him seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Quotable – Kyrie Irving, on sitting his starters in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss …
“I didn’t see any reason to bring them out to play.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers have just two games remaining in the 2012-13 regular season. They welcome the Heat to Cleveland for Fan Appreciation Night on Monday and travel to Charlotte for a Wednesday night meeting with the Bobcats.