Forget stopping Jamal Murray, the Cavs couldn’t even slow down the Nuggets star as he dropped the most efficient 50 point game in history.
It’s bad enough when you lose, it’s even worse when you lose nine consecutive games, it’s even worse when you give up the most efficient 50 point game in NBA history in the process. Jamal Murray and the Nuggets have sent the Cavaliers to an all-time low with their most recent loss. Once seen as a playoff contender, the Cavs have lost nine-straight since Feb. 1, and are 2-13 in their last fifteen games.
Murray led the way for both teams, dropping 50 points on the Cavs, on just 21-of-25 shooting, while going 8-of-10 from three-point. Murray wasn’t the only Nugget to have a great game, as MVP candidate Nikola Jokic had a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Michael Porter Jr. dropped in another 22 points on the night.
The Cavs looked pathetic on defense all night, with Isaac Okoro looking less and less likely of being worth the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Okoro might turn into a real good defensive player, but if he’s supposed to be this uber-talented defensive player but can’t actually play defense well enough to make a dent against the league’s best, then what was the point in taking him so high?
Collin Sexton put up 23 points, and Jarrett Allen had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but Sexton had five turnovers (as did Okoro) and Allen made no impact defensively. Cedi Osman had a solid game, putting up 11 points and seven assists, and the team did hit 30 assists total, their third-highest total of the season according to Chris Manning.
Ultimately the Cavs are horrible on both sides of the court. There’s no denying that. Sexton is not the player he needs to be lead this team to wins, Darius Garland has made no impact on the game since his return from injury and it could be argued that starting-five hasn’t been good since he returned.