The Cavaliers seem to be in a little bit of a pattern. In games where they fall behind by quite a bit in the opening minutes, they either tend to win or have their rally come up short. In games where they lead by a significant amount early, they have the wheels fall off and lose. The latter happened against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. The Cavs began the game on a 21-12 run, but it was not enough to secure a win. The Mavericks eventually won by a final score of 96-86.
It was going to be tough to beat the Mavericks on the road with Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao already out with injuries. When news broke that Wayne Ellington would miss the game due to an injury, it made things even more difficult. Daniel Gibson took the bulk of his minutes and was essentially a non-factor. Gibson played 21 minutes and literally did nothing but record 4 assists and miss a three point attempt. Gibson had the worst +/- in the game with a -17. Gibson has been the odd man out in the rotation for the Cavaliers, so rust should be expected. Having said that, it is concerning that he looks to be afraid to shoot. It doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things because these are likely his last games as a member of the Cavaliers. However, the Cavs only lost by ten points and that may not have happened if one more bench player could have stepped up.