Cleveland Cavaliers Need a Boost in Crunch Time

November 4th, 2010 by Matt Friedman Leave a reply »
There are many concerns among Cavs fans after a 1-3 start to the season.

But there is one issue that was very apparent in Tuesday night’s 100-88 loss to the Hawks and could impact the team throughout the season: crunch time.

To be exact, the whole fourth quarter was poor on Tuesday.

Going into the game, the third quarter had caused alarm. The third has plagued the Cavs for the past decade, it seems.

But they actually played an outstanding third quarter and outscored the Hawks 26-15 on Tuesday.

While the third will continue to be watched closely, this is the NBA. Every team makes a run, and most games are truly decided in the final quarter.

That is why there is one big question to raise about the Cavs’ performance against the Hawks. They were outscored 26-15 in the fourth and shot just 25 percent from the field.

Who is going to take over in crunch time?

J.J. Hickson had a big night with 31 points, but was 1-for-4 from the field in the fourth.

Mo Williams was 1-for-6 coming off an injury. Antawn Jamison was out with a sore knee.

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