The Cavs found themselves on the other side of a big night from the Warriors’ Steph Curry, who dropped 36 points in only 30 minutes.
The Cavs closed out their west coast road trip on a disastrous losing streak. Once considered a fringe playoff team, the Cavs season is all but over after losing their 8th straight game. The most recent loss came Monday night when the Cavs fell to the Warriors 129-98 in a game that looked like it’d be closer than it was. That was until Steph Curry refused to miss.
The Warriors’ lead man shot 13-of-19 from the floor, 7-of-11 from three, a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, and ended the night with 36 points in only 30 minutes of action.
The Cavs ended the first quarter tied, somehow, but the defense fell apart, as did the offense. Darius Garland couldn’t stop anyone and shot an absolutely poor 30% from the floor, playing 40 minutes along the way. Isaac Okoro, who got ruffed up on a bad landing early in the game, still played 26 minutes but couldn’t produce any offense.
Collin Sexton shot a respectable 45% from the floor but like Garland and Okoro, couldn’t slow down the Warriors on the perimeter.
Jarrett Allen, Cedi Osman, and Damyean Dotson had nice games. Allen put up a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds and started in place for Andre Drummond. Drummond is being shopped around, which seems to indicate that the Cavs will be making Allen their new number one center going forward. Osman also had a double-double, scoring 17 points and pulling in 10 rebounds. Dotson shot 50% from the floor while putting up 10 points as well.
Dylan Windler and Taurean Prince didn’t play due to minor injuries.
The Cavs return to Cleveland 10-19 and all but out of the playoff race so far. Sort of sad, as Kevin Love is rumored to finally be returning to the court something in the next week or two; assuming no new issues pop up.