Nights like this are gonna happen, but that doesnt make them enjoyable or easier to handle.
The verdict: Brooklyn 114, Cavaliers 101 on Tuesday in a game that was only close when it didnt really seem to matter.
This was the Cavs first visit to the new Barclays Center, and the only people who seemed willing to get the most out of the experience were Anderson Varejao and (who else?) Kyrie Irving.
Varejao did his best Moses Malone impersonation with a career-high 35 points and 18 rebounds. Varejao was a sizzling 16-of-21 from the floor, and even his misses came doggone close. Twenty-one of those points came in the first quarter, when the Cavs actually held a 30-29 lead.
Meanwhile, Irving started considerably slower, but as he often does, came on strong at the end to finish with 34 points and eight assists.
Problem is, the Cavs have to rest those guys once in a while. And through the first eight games, man, thats been one angry whopper of a problem.
On Tuesday, the bench produced ...