The Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to Brooklyn yesterday to take on the Nets, their first matchup since the Wine & Gold won big on opening night and there was still hope that the Cavaliers could be a functional basketball team. And as of last night, if it wasn’t already apparent that the Cavaliers are horrible and especially horrible without Kyrie Irving, then last night should only prove that point. Right Down Euclid’s Jeff Mount wrote about the game for RDE:
The fourth quarter started out with the same choppy rhythm that the first quarter had, which worked to the advantage of the Nets, who built a nine-point lead by holding the Cavs to two points in the first five minutes of the quarter. At that point the Cavs went to a small lineup featuring Miles, Jack, Waiters, and Dellavedova, but they continued to miss shots, getting no closer than six until the last minute, when a loose ball foul and a technical foul on Waiters allowed the Nets to restore the lead to nine at 83-74 with 1:51 to go. Dellavedova forced Reggie Evans into a loose ball foul and made one free throw. The Cavs had a chance to make a run after a Nets miss, but Miles missed a jumper with 1:28 to go, which effectively killed the last chance the Cavs had. A jumper by Deron Williams with 27 seconds to go, after the Cavs had allowed the Nets to milk 23 seconds off the shot clock, ended any suspense that remained.
The Cavs kept it close by making 10 of 22 three pointers and outrebounding the Nets 45-33. In the end, the poor shooting and defensive breakdowns of the first half were too much to overcome.
This basically sums up all of the Cavaliers’ losses up until this point. The Cavaliers make mistakes that doom them and they are the same mistakes over and over again. Also, Dion Waiters takes shots like this. He dribbled into that one, for the record.
There wasn’t a lot to like about the Cavaliers’ performance at all yesterday. But if you missed the game, the videos below can give you some visual proof that that Cavaliers are indeed a very, very bad basketball team.