The Cavs are 2-10 since defeating the Nets in back to back games and have been blown out in seven of those ten losses, including to the Trailblazers.
The Cavs are bad and with each passing blowout loss that the team suffers, coach J.B. Bickerstaff seems content on doing the same things over and over again. Either he’s content with this season being a complete and utter disaster, or he truly is crazy. After all, doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the definition of insanity; and the Cavs are crazy bad. The Cavs lost again on Friday to the Trailblazers 129-110.
That’s their sixth loss in a row, with five of them being blown out losses.
Of rookies with 360 minutes played, Isaac Okoro is the worst rookie in the NBA statistically. He continues to not be able to score, an issue we knew he’d have coming out of Auburn, but now his defense is absolutely fallen off. He has no energy and no desire to play tough like he was when the team was 8-7 and coming off of back-to-back wins over the Nets.
Darius Garland and Cedi Osman continue to be vacuums most nights, just sucking wherever they go. Yet, as bad as Garland and Osman have been, and even with Okoro hitting rookie-Garland levels of bad, the worst player on the team is clearly Andre Drummond.
Drummond is second in the league in rebounding, putting up 13.8 per game, with only Clint Capela putting up better stats. Drummond’s also 14th in the league in turnovers with 3.3 per game. Everyone above him, save for Joel Embiid, are their respective team’s primary ball-handler. So they’re expected to have more.
What’s Drummond’s excuse?
The saddest part about this is the Cavs had a winning formula. Play lockdown defense, while utilizing Drummond and Javale McGee, and then whip the ball up the court and score an easy two. Now, for whatever reason, the Cavs have reverted to a half-court offense, with no three-point shooting to speak of. The Cavs are 22nd in field goal percentage, 28th in three-point shooting percentage, 29th in free-throw percentage, and 23rd in assists per game.
Worst yet, they’re now 12th in points per game against. Just 12 games ago, they were second.