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Cavaliers lose 14th straight game in South Beach, 98-79; 3 takeaways

Hill, Green post disastrous performances

When the Cavs needed them the most, George Hill and Jeff Green could not the fill the void left by Love. The veteran duo combined to shoot 4-of-16 from the field for nine points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals over 57 minutes of action.

Hill has been inconsistent since joining the Cavaliers on Feb. 8, scoring in double-figures on eight different occasions and scoring in single-figures on 12 different occasions. His track record speaks volumes for what he can provide on both ends of the floor, but he has significantly regressed from a career year with Utah in 2016-17: 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.0 steals over 31.5 minutes per 49 games.

Green returned from a one-and-a-half game absence (illness), going 2-of-10 from the field and 0-of-4 from beyond the perimeter. He is now shooting 30.1 percent from deep in 2017-18, well below his career average of 33.1 percent.

Cleveland is still tinkering with its starting lineups and rotations, a difficult task with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. Finding a fit for Hill and Green will be an integral part of the roster’s performance.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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