The Cavs got their butts handed to them on Wednesday night when they traveled to Denver to face off with the Nuggets.
The season is days away from being considered lost after the Cavs got torched by the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to the tune of 133-95, dropping their fifth in a row. No one on the Cavs had a good night besides Jarrett Allen, who shot seven-of-eleven from the floor, for 18 points and 10 rebounds. He didn’t show up at all to play defense though, in fact, none of the Cavs did.
Allen, Isaac Okoro, Dylan Windler, and Taurean Prince were the only players to score in double digits for the Cavs, but just barely. No one on the team showed up to play and if that’s too mean, then maybe the idea that the team is just so untalented compared to the Nuggets, that they were were easily dispatched by the start of the second quarter. Their record is now 10-16.
The team was absolutely embarrassed against a Nuggets team that is barely over .500 themselves. Six of their players scored more than 12 points, and the only starter to play more than 30 minutes was Nikola Jokic.
Here are some notes from the game
It took losing to give Dylan Windler shots
You shouldn’t have to be losing by nearly 40 points to finally get plays drawn up for Dylan Windler. He’s an efficient rookie who could be a real difference-maker for this team if given a shot. It’s becoming more and more obvious that Darius Garland has no business being in the lineup, so why not try Windler?
This version of the starting lineup is 2-9
This is not a team without talent. This is just a team that is forcing three bad players into the starting lineup for optics. Garland, Isaac Okoro, and Andre Drummond are turning the ball over, not playing defense and jacking up bad shots. It’s time to sit them. What’s the worse that happens, you keep playing bad and losing?
Sexland was terrible on both sides of the floor
One of them has to go. They don’t play well together. It’s almost like drafting two small guards who can’t play defense in back-to-back drafts was a bad idea.
Despite getting blown out, J.B. Bickerstaff barely shook things up
Save for Drummond, who only got 16 minutes, the starters all almost played 30 minutes despite the game being out of hand at halftime. Sometimes you just gotta try different things at that point. This was a perfect opportunity to see what guys like Windler, Cedi Osman, and Javale McGee would look with Sexton and Allen on the court.