The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t exactly bring their A-game against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. From my game story:
On their current West Coast road trip, the Cleveland Cavaliers have twice in two games come back from an early deficit. Against the Phoenix Suns last Wednesday, Cleveland was down by 13 after one quarter – and ultimately won by none. Against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, the Cavaliers were down by 16 after one – only to come back beat the Warriors by nine.
In both games, the Cavaliers started slow, digging themselves a hole that looked impossible to climb out of. In both games, the Cavaliers’ offense sputtered early and Kyrie Irving looked out of sorts. And in both games, the Cavaliers were able to mount a three-quarter comeback and ultimately win the game.
Both the Suns and Warriors are playoff caliber teams in a loaded Western Conference. As a result, heading into their contest against the Los Angeles Clippers (a team slotted above the Suns and Warriors in the West), the Cavaliers had momentum. While they weren’t expected to win by any means, there was some hope that they might be able to steal another game on the road.
The start to this game played out similarly to the others – the Cavaliers found themselves down early, were struggling from the field, etc. It was the same old song and dance – only this time the comeback didn’t come. There were signs of it late in the second half, but in the end, the Cavaliers found themselves on the wrong end of a 102-80 loss to the Clippers.
If you want to get a visual sense of the game (as well as Irving’s injury) you can view the highlights below.