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Cleveland Loses Late Lead, Falls to Memphis 84-78

November 26th, 2012 at 10:53 PM
By Bryan Pauquette

'Dion Waiters Shooting' photo (c) 2012, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Cleveland continued to show the downside of youth against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night. The Cavaliers held a lead into the early fourth quarter, but with Varejao on the bench they began to implode. Anderson finished with 15 points and 22 rebounds, delivering another stellar performance, but he needed a break at the end of the third. Even after he returned to the game Cleveland failed to find open looks, and relied too heavily on the three. In the last eight and a half minutes, they only managed to score four points.

Dion Waiters played the role of floor general for most of the game, contributing 15 points and three assists. He looked impatient with the ball, and did not have the vision Irving brings to the position. Dion did manage some graceful drives, and impressive shots, however.

Boobie Gibson put up 11 points off the bench, but only shot 33%. Samardo Samuels had eight points, a powerful block, and the best name in the building.

The Grizzlies took the floor without Mike Conley, who was experiencing flu like symptoms. In his absence Rudy Gay stepped up early, and finished with 15. Tony Allen disrupted Dion Waiters all night long, and in turn the entire Cavs offensive scheme.

After starting slow in the first quarter, Cleveland went on a 20-9 run to take the lead and close out the frame. They held the lead all the way until the fourth quarter. Their defense was forceful, and it allowed them to maintain control of the game. They played well in the fourth quarter when they lost the lead. The offense was absent though, and it would lead to their demise.

While slightly frustrating to watch, these kids show a lot of potential. They are nearly where they need to be. If the Cavs can learn to close out games, and survive without Anderson on the floor, they will be OK.

The Cavaliers are home tomorrow night against the Phoenix Suns, and then visit Atlanta on Friday.

Tags: anderson, Basketball, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Memphis, NBA, varejao

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