The Cavs lost their tenth in a row, and their 14th in 16 games as the Thunder blew the Cavs out. The team is now 10-21 on the season.
The Cavs lost to the Thunder on Sunday night to the tune of 117-101. The Cavs have now lost 10 in a row, and 14 out of their last 16. The Cavs have one win in the entire month of February so far, coming on the first of the month. It’s now been 20 days since the Cavs have gotten a “W”.
The Thunders dominated the Cavs for the last three-quarters of the game, a recurring trend for Cleveland, usually hanging close until around the halfway point, then they usually fall apart at halftime.
Collin Sexton had 27 points, shooting 11-of-22 from the floor but only 1-of-6 from the three-point range. Sexton has talked a lot about shooting more from behind the arch and this was the first game of his new “shoot more three’s” mantra. Darius Garland shot 50% from the floor and put up 21 points, but had two ugly turnovers, and was again devastated defensively. Isaac Okoro put up 11 threes on the day, and hit four, but only finished with 12 points. He shot just 30% for the game and was again a non-factor defensively.
Jarrett Allen however was perfect. He went 11-for-11 from the floor, with 17 rebounds, three blocks, and a whopping 26 points.
The Thunder, who really don’t have any three-point shooters on their squad besides Mike Muscala, shot 46% from three-point, scoring 39 points from long-range. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 31 points, and nine assists, going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
While the play of Allen is encouraging, the rest of the team’s play is concerning. Garland and Sexton are unable to make plays defensively next to one another, which is directly impacting Okoro’s ability to influence the game. Cleveland needs to start making some hard choices because this team is among the worst in the league.