The Cavs suffered their third straight blowout loss since the All-Star break on Tuesday, falling to the Miami Heat in a game that was never close.
JaVale McGee may be on another team in a week or two but he was the only one who showed up to play on Tuesday against the Miami Heat. The Heat blew out the Cavs and had a commanding lead for most of the final three quarters. The Cavs fell apart after the first quarter, as they’ve done every game since the All-Star break, and couldn’t muster any real consistency on either side of the ball. The Heat won 113-98.
The stars of Cleveland had a rough night. Collin Sexton shot barely 41% from the floor and only 2-8 from three-point. He finished the night with 21 points. Sexton could not handle the Heat’s offense, something he and Darius Garland failed at together. Garland only had 11 points, but was 4-11 from the floor, while shooting 50% from three on four attempts. Isaac Okoro was 4-6 and had 10 points for the game, but he had an even worse game defensively than Sexton.
Jarrett Allen couldn’t get going inside, only finishing with eight points, while Cedi Osman again had an awful night from three, he too settled for eight points on 1-5 shooting from three.
As with most of the year, Kevin Love missed yet another game, which was made even worse when Sexton “liked” a comment on social media that said Love had committed a “heist” of the Cavs due to his contract. This type of action will only divide the team further.
In some good news, McGee was the only player who seemingly made plays all night that wasn’t drawn up for him. He was back on forth across the court, going 8-10 for 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Heat didn’t have a great day shooting the ball but Jimmy Butler was the star of the game. He went 11-16 for 28 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow forward Kelly Olynyk finished with 17 points and eight rebounds