Cavaliers Beat Hornets Who Lost Batum and Al Jefferson
The Hornets could not stopped LeBron James who scored 31pt and dished 12 assists in a 103-112 loss. The Hornets lost Batum to strained left knee during the game and did not play Al Jefferson who was ruled out due to quad injury.
- Jeremy Lin finished with 14pts/1asts/3rebs in 27 min. He got hot in the 4th quarter with 3pt shot and a fadeaway jumpshot over Kevin Love to bring the game within 5 pts (94-99) with 3:49 left but the Hornets couldn’t stop LeBron James on the defensive end. The big men was unable to slow down LeBron to attack the rim, Love’s 3pt shot. There were defensive lapses with JR Smith easy layups
- The Hornets big men lost the rebounding battle 35-46. They also allowed the Cavs to shoot 55.2% (16-29) from 3pt-land. The Cavs ball movement allowed them to win the assist battle 34-23.
- With 6 games left, how many games will the Hornets rest Batum to be ready for the playoff? Will they start Lin against the Raptors? Kemba/Lin backcourt won the OT game vs the Raptors. But they might opt to have JLin anchor the Bench Force 1 and start Frank Kaminsky. It’s unknown if Lin’s sore lower back will require more rest.