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Instant Reaction: Sacramento Kings 124, Cleveland Cavaliers 80

Final Outcome

 The Cleveland Cavaliers came into this game with some momentum after winning two in a row against the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers. That all went out the window in their worst loss of the season, a 124-80 beat down by the Kings in Sacramento. The 44 point loss was by far the Cavaliers’ worst of the season.  Kyrie Irving scored seven points while shooting 3-14 and 1-4 from the line. Jarrett Jack had more turnovers (three) than points (two). Tristan Thompson finished with six points and three rebounds. Meanwhile Rudy Gay scored 20 points on 12 shots, while Isaiah Thomas had 26 and did whatever he wanted against the Cavaliers. Considering the Cavaliers shot 39 percent while the Kings were at 51 percent there isn’t really anything positive for the Cavaliers to take from this game on either side of the ball. Hopefully the team can put this game behind them and regroup for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

Key Play of the Game

 In a blowout like this, there is no one play that decides anything. But arguably the most telling statistic is the fact that Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and Jarrett Jack combined to shoot 5-27, or 18.5 percent from the floor. When this happens the Cavaliers have no chance of winning.

Wine & Gold MVP

 I’m not really sure that there can be a team MVP when you lose by 44 points, but C.J. Miles was the Wine & Gold’s best player tonight. Scoring 14 points on five of eight shooting and a perfect 3-3 from deep, Miles was able to continue the hot shooting he has started the New Year with.

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Up Next

The Cavaliers will have a day off before their next game, when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Much like the Kings game, the Lakers game should be a pretty easy ‘W’ for the Wine & Gold considering all of the inures and issues the Lakers have. But if tonight showed us or reminded us of anything, it’s that we should take no outcome for granted – even if a team is worse on paper than the Cavaliers. Tip-off is at 10:30 PM.  – Chris Manning

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