Recap of Cleveland Cavaliers Loss to the Boston Celtics

Brandon SmithContributor IFebruary 29, 2012

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The first game after the All-Star break did not go as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers played a struggling Boston Celtics, but they seemed like the ones that were struggling. The Cavaliers were outscored 22-17 in the fourth quarter and it led to the 86-83 loss.

It was the second straight loss for the 13-19 Cleveland Cavaliers.

The loss showed the flaws in the Cavaliers' shooting as Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson went a combined 1-11 from the field. However, they were not the only ones to struggle in the game.

The whole team shot 39.7 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from behind the arc. This is not what the Cavaliers need in order to be successful.

Meanwhile, the Celtics shot 44.6 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the three point line. This difference gave the Cavaliers little chance to beat the Celtics.

However, the one bright spot was the 24 point outing by the rookie sensation, Kyrie Irving. Another bright spot for Kyrie was that he was able to return in the second half, where he scored 19 points, after he bruised his right elbow in the second quarter.

The Cavaliers have to move on and focus on the game today against the New York Knicks and "Linsanity." The Cavaliers won the last meeting against the Knicks at home. Now they have to go to New York and prove that they can still fight for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.