That was cruel, Kyrie Irving « Queen City Hoops

That was cruel, Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers 106 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -12

Bismack is one of three starters (Hakim, Kemba) who didn’t see many minutes tonight. He rebounded well, but was invisible offensively, and committed one really silly foul with a push in the back to Tyler Zeller while running down the court when Cleveland was already in the penalty. If I remember correctly, that ended Bis’ night.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +13

Taylor was tasked with matching up with Kyrie Irving for extended chunks of the fourth quarter – and got torched. Can’t fault his effort, but the results weren’t what the Bobcats needed.

Kemba Walker, PG 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | -9

Weird game for Kemba – he played decently while on the court, but once Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon fueled a Bobcats’ comeback from 18 points down, Coach Dunlap rode them to the finish, and Kemba was a spectator.

Gerald Henderson, SG 33 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -2

Henderson was the reason the Bobcats were only down by 18 by the time they made their comeback. 4 of 4 on threes for the night for Hendo, before the long miss at the buzzer (30 feet-ish?). As pointed out by Dell Curry during the broadcast, Hendo hit 8 straight threes going back to the Hornets game – encouraging sign for expanded range, but let’s give it a bit more time.

Tyrus Thomas, PF 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -7

Without the late contributions, this probably would have been an F, just for the two horrible forced jumpers that Tyrus loves so much and made sure to get in during his first time back on the court. But then he come up with two defensive rebounds in last couple of minutes and drew a charge on Kyrie Irving to help the Bobcats’ chances. It wasn’t enough, but credit where it’s due.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +1

A rough night for MKG – he couldn’t finish and he couldn’t hang on to the ball, with 2 turnovers credited to him in the boxscore (I was thinking 3). Loved the rebounding and the hustle around the basket – but did not like, even a little bit, the three long jumpers Gilchrist settled for – he needs to learn he is open for a reason, and that reason is the opposition would really like for him to take those shots.

Ramon Sessions, PG 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 12-12 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +1

Sessions was aggressive tonight, attacking the paint and pushing the ball in transition (this seems like deja vu – if I’ve typed this before, I apologize). He didn’t have a great success rate from the floor – but it paid off in trips to the free throw line, where he cashed in. Ramon and Ben Gordon were the catalysts of the come back.

Ben Gordon, SG 28 MIN | 11-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 27 PTS | +7

Why does Ben get an “A” to Ramon’s “A+”. That shot he took at the 1:14 mark in the 4th quarter. The score was tied 102-all and the Bobcats grab a defensive rebound and Ben Gordon rushes up court, with just a single teammate against 4 Cavs. And takes a step-back 18 foot jumper with about 16 on the shot clock. While it was lack of a conscience about shot choice that helped the Bobcats get back in the game (since he was hitting a lot of shots), that one hurt.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Wow – Kyrie Irving is really, really good. Just when the Bobcats seemed to have all the momentum, after taking the lead in a game they had trailed by 18, Kyrie hits back to back three pointers and put the Cavs back on top by 4. From there it was a battle – but without those, momentum was favoring the Bobcats.
  2. With the Bobcats integrating Jeff Adrien and Hakim Warrick still, plus reintegrating Tyrus Thomas after the extended absence, the Bobcats’ bigs rotation is probably going to be very haphazard in the coming games. Dunlap does not have a lot of feel with any of these guys, and with Bismack so inconsistent (and Brendan Haywood constantly out of breath and flat footed), it will take some time to figure out what pairings work (and who can provide some defensive consistency).
  3. Not really Bobcats’ related, but it was good to see Shaun Livingston on the court, contributing. After watching him blow out his knee against the Bobcats years ago, I’m glad he has been able to return (and still wish the Bobcats had managed to hang on to him). He was a defensive pest against Charlotte tonight, using his length to harass on the perimeter and force turnovers, then using his height on offense to draw attention when posting up Bobcats’ guards.

4 comments to That was cruel, Kyrie Irving

  • SirGladiator

    Such strange coaching decisions, deciding to play Gordon and Sessions most of the second half. They did very well, no questioning that, but I seem to recall us having a Point Guard that was really developing well this year, turning into one of the best in the league even. Was I just dreaming that? I forget his name, because I didn’t see him in the game down the stretch, but I guess that was because we really needed this win to ensure our spot in the playoffs. Thats about the only reason I can think of why that guy, whose name I can’t remember anymore because he wasn’t allowed onto the floor, didn’t get those minutes he needs to develop into the elite PG he showed signs of becoming. And then we lost the game anyway, oh well, there goes that PG’s minutes AND the playoffs that we apparently were playing for tonight. Of course a similar complaint could be made in regard to Biz, and maybe even moreso since he clearly needs all the help he can get, and only getting 16 minutes sure isn’t the help he needs. Especially on that last defensive play I was surprised to see him not in there, it was clearly an offense-defense situation, once we got the ball back we were going to call timeout no matter what, so its not like we were going to be saddled with a bad offensive situation. Bring Biz in to help with the D, then take him out when we get the ball back and call timeout, thats not exactly a hard concept. Sadly our coach couldnt figure that one out, and it may have cost us the game because clearly Taylor needed help on Irving, and Biz likes to give help. With help, we’d have maybe won the game in OT. Without that help, well, everybody knew the shot was going in because he was insanely lucky all quarter, somebody had to help and force him to pass the ball, but nobody did. Oh well. A good comeback, hopefully next time we’re facing an insanely lucky shooter we’ll actually double team the guy, and make one of his crappy teammates try to beat us, like any sane coach would tell his team to do, but in all honesty the players shouldn’t even need the coach to tell them that, they should be able to figure it out on their own.

    On a positive note, BG and Sessions trade values are going up at a time when there’s all these rumors going around about possible trades, excellent timing on that. Hopefully we pull something good off, and soon.

  • Spencer-SDS

    we need to start drawing up some plays for Henderson at the 3 more often…dude has increased his range well beyond my expectations as of yet, dude can flat out shoot the 3 now it seems…

    @sir i have the feeling that Dunlap was trying to make a point to Kemba…you don’t have to do EVERYTHING on your own in the 4th…someone on this website made a post (or linked a post) that talked about Kemba and his efficiency per quarter…he get’s worse every quarter as the game progresses…mainly because he starts to try and do it all by himself…i’m sure this was somewhat of a statement game to Kemba that it doesn’t always have to be just you…sometimes you need to take a step back and just watch how it is done to get back into games…even though Kemba has managed to do that some games it is usually with Sessions distributing and Kemba just driving and driving and driving…

    sometimes a young player just needs to sit and watch the game(not just in the film room). If this does turn into a common thing then i would be pissed…but one game doesn’t always hurt…if it get’s repetitive…then i will share in your anger

  • charlottean

    re: hendo….i don’t think you need to draw up the 3′s….he seems to get those perfectly in the flow of the game. what needs to be drawn up more are the post up plays and the mid range jumpers. 11 shots for him is not enough at the rate he’s scoring the ball. not to mention he got a great shot off at the end ( didn’t rush it like I always complain about sessions/gordon doing). If another person says “henderson can’t shoot” i’m ordering a hit immediately. i have no idea where steve martin and staff got the “8 straight 3′s” stat because that was far from the truth but dude is above 50% on 3′s. the sample size isn’t that small anymore. he and taylor are proof of why we don’t have to worry so much about mkg’s shot. it can get drastically better in the next 6 years. dude needs more shots.

    the subs seemed questionable in the moment of the game, but dunlap followed the old adage of dance with the one who brought you. hard to go back to the starters who got you in the huge hole. it was an a-typical line up but it worked. henderson got off a good look from deeeeeep and nearly made it. if kyrie’s shot goes off…we have a whole new ball game. I actually applaud the coaching. biz and mkg combined for 16 boards in 37 minutes. including large chunks of playing together. that’s pretty impressive. i was pretty surprised they didn’t get more playing time in the 2nd half, but i can understand that they were on the floor when cleveland made their big runs along with warrick and kemba so change had to come. biz didn’t do a great job at guarding thompson at all. would have rather he been given more time to figure it out than worry about the win….but i mean…can’t have it both ways.

    taylor had a really good 2nd half. thomas played well in his return. as many bad shots as he takes from time to time, he makes up for it in blocks/steals/energy and i’ll take him over warrick any day of the week. would have liked to see adrien get a shot but gotta go with the 40 million dollar man first.

    i can’t give gordon an A because he made shots. HE got torched by irving way more than taylor. those 2 3′s were handed to irving. taylor D’d the guy up but he was already hot because gordon had warmed him up while taylor was sitting.

    it is very scary to think that kemba can’t guard a lot of these guys. a lot of them can’t guard him either, evidence by his solid offensive game….but it’s a problem if he CAN’T play down the stretch because of the mismatch. makes you hate that the nba is going this way because it used to be if you were under 5’10 you didn’t stand a chance to make the league. now it’s if you’re under 6’2. next thing you know the entire league will be 6’6 and up. it’s getting close. run the gauntlet of the starting pg’s in the league now……lin, dragic, rose, westbrook, kidd, westbrook, holiday, hill, lillard, irving, wall, calderon, knight, curry, vasquez, rubio, deron williams…

    the only guys in that under 6-3 range are the nash, rondo, nelson, paul, jennings, conley, parker, chalmers.

    isaiah thomas, ty lawson and kemba might be the last guys to get a shot under 6 feet tall. would love to see the trend on that over the last 25 years. it can’t possibly be something that’s ever been this way before.

  • Spencer/SDS

    At the short issue, well Paul and rondo are considered the 2 best defenders out of everyone you just listed^^, BUT Rondo also has a pretty large wingspan for someone only 6 ft 1, Paul…well he just flat out can defend…if Kemba added on 10-20 lbs??? he could be a fairly could defender…he could muscle guys away from the paint rather…but he would also very likely lose his key asset for him offensively…quickness…in a couple years he could bulk up a bit and i think he will become a better defender, height doesn’t make u a worse defender…it just makes you easier to shoot over:(,

    he either has to add some weight: don’t want that cuz that usually goes with a lost of quickness or just use his quickness to make himself better, which i think we are seeing this year…he is still a far better defender this year then he was last year…lets hope that continues to improve…