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Cavaliers couldn’t inbound ball with chance to tie game

Jan 21, 2014, 1:30 PM EST

Should have slid this into our nightly NBA Grades post and thrown an “F” at Cleveland.

It was a long shot anyway, Monday night Cleveland was down three with 2.8 seconds left and they were going to need a fantastic three just to send the game to OT, Dallas knew it and would defend the arc. Mike Brown drew up the play… and Dallas had no trouble sniffing it out. Kyrie Irving was sprinting around off screens but he couldn’t shake free and Plan B was… apparently Jarrett Jack standing there and getting a five second violation.

Ballgame.

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Cleveland had been down 15 in the fourth quarter and to their credit battled back to make it interesting in the end (Monta Ellis missing free throws helped with that) but the Cavs just couldn’t finish. And looked bad doing it.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Another example of Kobe sabotaging Mike Brown’s offense.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I give the referee an “F,” that was a quick 5 seconds.

    • tk41 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      The video conclusively shows he held the ball for more than 5 seconds. The actual number is probably closer to 6 full seconds.

      The ref hands over the ball at the 1:44 mark and starts the 5 second count. The ball leaves his hand at the very end of the 1:50 mark. So, he clearly held the ball for five FULL seconds and parts of 2 other ones.

  3. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    “Cleveland had been down 15 in the fourth quarter and to their credit battled back to make it interesting in the end ”

    Actually they dont, if they wouldve gave that effort all game, they wouldnt have been in that position.

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