At one point, this game was actually close. the Cavs went into halftime with the slimmest of leads, 45-44. After halftime, the bottom fell out of defense. Indiana dropped 33 points in the third period and Cleveland could never recover. Roy Hibbert (18 points) and David West (15 points) killed the Cavs inside (Anderson Varejao was sorely missed). On the other end, Cleveland shot a dismal 40% from the floor and the offense looked very disjointed for much of the game.
The lone Cavalier bright spot was Tristan Thompson’s double-double (12 points, 13 boards), although Tyler Zeller had his moments in his second career start (12 points, 7 boards). Kyrie had 17 points but it took him 16 attempts (and he looked listless doing it) and Dion Waiters had 11 points and 7 assists (buyt just 4-12 FG).
The Cavs face the Bucks Saturday night in Milwaukee, game time is 8:30 pm.
Ben has been writing about the Cavs for WFNY since 2011. Known as the "town bicycle of Cavaliers bloggers" and a librarian by trade, when Ben's not tweeting about the Cavs (@WFNYBen) or curled up with a book, you're likely find him on a disc golf course.