Another upsetting and disappointing week for a young, Cleveland Cavaliers team. It was a short week for them, only playing three games, but coming out with zero wins. But, there are still positive notes for this Cavs team. Their most significant loss was by twelve points to the Magic. They’ve played in a ton of close games so far this season, and this week had a few of those. There are some bright spots here in Cleveland. Here is your weekly recap for the Cleveland Cavaliers!
11/25: Loss vs Brooklyn 108-106
If you watched this game, you know it was a heartbreaker. A close game through and through, the Nets and Cavs battled all four quarters. Kyrie Irving sat out this game and hasn’t played a game in Cleveland since 2017. Jordan Clarkson poured in 23 points and had a stellar fourth quarter. Larry Nance Jr. stepped up with 20 points in Kevin Love‘s absence with a back injury. Collin Sexton had 18 points and a clutch fourth quarter as well.
Cleveland has struggled all year at closing out tight games, due to youth and lack of experience. The Cavs struggled in the final minute after they came back and tied the game on a drawn foul by Sexton. But, a bad execution on an inbound play left Sexton with a tough contested three, and the Nets rebounded his miss. Spencer Dinwiddie closed the game out with a tough mid-range that he sunk. With no timeouts left, Cleveland was forced to chuck up an errant full-court heave, losing the game in a close fashion.
I will say they’ve shown grit and toughness by keeping in games and never giving up. And eventually, the team will be in a better spot to win these close games and will execute better with experience. But, the coaching staff has done a great job creating a culture so far in Cleveland.
11/27: Loss vs Orlando 116-104
In the rematch of the season opener, the Cavaliers dropped their second game to the Magic this year. No Cavalier had a positive plus/minus this game as they found it hard to stop the Magic’s offensive attack. Evan Fournier dropped 30 points to beat the Cavaliers pretty handily. This one was a tough loss, but one to learn from as well.
Collin Sexton continued to lead the way scoring with 20 points and also dished out six assists. He continues to be a capable leader on this very young squad.
11/29: Loss vs Milwaukee 119-110
Early on, this game looked like a blowout. Early in the third quarter, the Bucks held a 74-52 lead over Cleveland. But, another comeback from the Cavs was brewing in the third quarter where Cleveland outscored the Bucks 42-32. The Cavs showed an intense fight and looked like a brand new team after they played a lifeless first half.
With only 26 bench points, poured in by two players, the starters were forced to do most of the scoring. This group was hitting on all cylinders in the second half, but had a troublesome time trying to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo. At one point towards the end of the fourth, the Cavs cut their deficit to only three points, but then didn’t score again and lost by nine in a tough fashion.
All-in-all, this team is making strides towards being a good team. Obviously there is a lot of work to do, but it seems as though there is a bright future in Cleveland.
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