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A few random observations on the Cavaliers 98-78 defeat at Portland on Sunday:
1. Im far from disgusted by this loss, despite the fact it came by 20 points. Thats probably what makes me different than the coaches and players (well, that and my jump shot), but the Cavs kept it surprisingly close for two-and-a-half quarters. And I say surprising because the Trail Blazers are a very balanced and an all-around good team, especially at home.
2. Its easy to forget that the Cavs trailed just 55-50 midway through the third quarter, as Kyrie Irving was doing his best Steve Nash imitation with a couple of nifty moves near the rim. Irving finished with a career-high 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting.
3. That said, the rookie point guard is still getting into NBA game shape, and spent a lot of time bending over and clutching his shorts late in the third. Its pretty clear coach Byron Scott is keeping Irving in for longer stretches so he can get his wind back and learn to play well when tired.
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Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 24.
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The Salt Lake Tribune
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