NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 15th
(All times Eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (4-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to end a two-game
losing streak Friday night when they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to Quicken
The Cavs went 0-2 on a recent road trip to go 0-6 away from home. The 3-0 mark
at the Q is impressive, but Wednesday's 124-95 rout in Minnesota at the hands
of the Timberwolves was bad.
The Wolves had 70 points at the half and 108 after three quarters. Their lead
was 32 at that point and Cleveland coach Mike Brown emptied the bench. Every
player in a Cavs uniform got at least seven minutes of action, but this was a
"After a performance like that you are concerned," admitted Brown. "It was a
good team, on their floor, you get concerned about a performance like that.
Again, I thought we fought."
Kyrie Irving led the way with 20 points, followed by 13 from Anderson Varejao
and 10 from Tristan Thompson.
Cleveland let the Wolves shoot 55 percent from the floor and 50 percent from
Andrew Bynum is still away from the team tending to a family medical
The Bobcats got into the win column after a two-game slide thanks to an 89-83
road win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Al Jefferson recorded his first double-double as a member of the Bobcats with
22 points and 11 rebounds. Gerald Henderson, Anthony Tolliver, Jeff Taylor and
Ramon Sessions also scored in double figures.
"We started yesterday in practice and continued this morning through
shootaround. I didn't know if we'd win, but I think I told these guys before
the game I thought we would play well because we had the right attitude, and I
thought we played with that," said Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. "Things
didn't go our way, there were some tough breaks, and guys just kept going
The Bobcats head into Friday's tilt tied for fourth in the NBA in opponents'
scoring. However, Charlotte is 29th in scoring, ahead of only the 1-8 Utah
Charlotte beat the Cavs, 90-84 on Nov. 1. Jefferson didn't even play in that
one due to an ankle injury.
The Bobcats are 2-6 in their last eight against the Cavs and have dropped four
straight at the Q.
11/15 10:23:45 ET