Thunderstruck: Two takeaways from the Cavaliers’ loss to the Thunder

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images
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2. Turnovers…yeesh

36 turnovers. In two games. Halloween was almost two weeks ago, and the Cavs are giving the ball away like it’s candy. Instead of being one of those kids that takes the whole bowl of candy left outside a house, the Cavs are sharing way too much. They have to take care of the ball.

Teams cannot win games in this league when they turn the ball over 20 times. Just because the Cavs did it against the Warriors Sunday, does not mean it is their recipe for success. Against the Thunder, it just seemed like the Cavs were being lackadaisical, reckless, or both, particularly point guard Darius Garland. Every time Garland drove into the paint it felt like a turnover waiting to happen. He seemed indecisive and was moving faster than the ball in his hands.

He was not the only culprit of the turnovers though. Garland was one of four Cavs players with at least two turnovers. Guys like Dean Wade and Tristan Thompson played between 10 and 13 minutes each and coughed the ball up twice apiece. That is unacceptable, especially for a team that is supposed to be an Eastern Conference contender. The Cavs have to fix this right away if they want to turn the page over on this rocky beginning to the season.

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The Cavs had a rough start to their four-game road trip, but the good news is that they have three games left on the trip to make things right. With a rematch against the Golden State Warriors on tap for Saturday, the Cavs will look to bounce back and clinch their fourth win of the season.