The Cavaliers have just three wins in the month of December this season and look to finish off 2012 with a win tonight in Brooklyn.
For the Cavs to have a chance tonight against the Nets, they will need to finish stronger. Last night’s 102-94 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks is a perfect example. The Cavs had a 94-93 lead with less than 3 minutes left last night but were shutout thereafter.
Injuries have been another theme in this depressing December for Cleveland. Andy Varejao did not travel with the team as he continues to recover from a bruised knee. Boobie Gibson did not travel with the team either. Gibson left last night’s game against the Hawks after sustaining a concussion.
The Nets December has gone just as poorly. The Nets accrued a 3 and 10 record in December under Avery Johnson and that forced general manager Billy King to fire Johnson. Former Portland and Golden State head coach PJ Carlesimo has been tabbed the interim head coach. Even with Carlesimo’s stellar bench reputation, an official coach is expected to be named in the near future. Former Bulls and Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and Jeff and Stan Van Gundy are all thought to be on Brooklyn’s radar.
Tip off in Brooklyn is at 7:30.