Life without Kyrie is difficult
Three games into Life Without Kyrie, the Cavaliers are learning just how difficult the final 16 games of the season might be.
There's the lack of All-Star firepower, sure. But there's also the noticeable absence of a fourth-quarter savior who has done a remarkable job of turning focus away from the Cavaliers' longstanding problem with defensive breakdowns.
Without Kyrie Irving bailing out the Cavaliers in the fourth, their defensive miscues have been that much more apparent, that much more of a sin that leads to disaster.
-- Cleveland Plain Dealer