Cedi Osman had the Cavs, Kevin Love included, losing their minds vs. the Kings
There is no more perfect image for this season so far than Kevin Love losing his mind on the sideline as Cedi Osman obliterated the Kings from three. Love was hyped up, as was the rest of the Cavs who totally dominated the Kings from the start of the game. Up 81 to 52, the game was over and unfortunately, the Cavaliers played like it.
Despite hanging 81 on Sacramento in the first half, the Cavaliers only mustered 36 in the second half. While the game was hardly in doubt against the Kings, it’s this lack of focus that has cost them games in the past, namely against the Warriors who mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Cavs earlier this season.
That said, it’s still a huge win and another blowout. The late-game laxes need to be tweaked. If this team has one obvious weakness, it’s the fact that they’re only really eight deep and that can cause some fatigue issues. If they can shore up that issue, either by developing Dean Wade or another bench player into a guy who can replace Collin Sexton’s minutes or by signing someone, then the Cavs will be hard out. The Cavs won the game 117-103, advancing to 16-12 on the season.
Now, onto the Top 3. As always, the bottom is in descending order with the lowest number being the worst and the top is in ascending order with three being the best.
The best and worst from the Cavs slaying of the Kings’ monarchy
The Worst Three Performers
- Second-half effort
Like with the last game’s worst, we’re not focusing on one player because no one player played badly. Instead, we’re going to focus on the lax approach the team took to the second half with a comfortable lead. The team should’ve been able to, for lack of a better term, behead the Kings in the third. This would’ve allowed the reserves to play 12 minutes in the fourth. They didn’t, however, and instead, the team allowed the Kings to crawl back into the game to the barest degrees. Never truly in doubt, if you only saw the final score, you’d think otherwise. This needs to the thing they focus on to improve.
The Best Three Performers
- Isaac Okoro
- Evan Mobley
- Cedi Osman
Isaac Okoro is deadly in transition. He’s nearly unstoppable due to his speed and strength when he gets moving. This is who you want to dish to on fast breaks. Because of his 20 point performance, a lot of it in motion, I’m giving him the first point.
The two-pointer goes to Evan Mobley, who had 15 points, 15 rebounds, and a box +/- of +20, the highest on the team for the game.
Lastly, we’re giving the three-pointer to Cedi Osman, who was a mad man in the first half from three. His shot would trail off in the second half, where he’d finish at 37% from the floor, but his 18 points were key in breaking the backs of the Kings in the first half.
- Jarrett Allen (34 points)
- Ricky Rubio (25 points)
- Darius Garland (24 points)
- Lauri Markkanen (20 points)
- Cedi Osman (19 points)
- Kevin Love (15 points)
- Evan Mobley (14 points)
- Dean Wade (3 points)
- Isaac Okoro (2 points)
- Dylan Windler (1 point)