The Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Phoenix Suns despite a poor shooting night.
Remember Cleveland Cavaliers fans, things can always be worse. The Cavs are in a bit of a quagmire right now. Slow starts, late leads being blown, and odd rotation choices, but they’re pretty good. They’re 11 games over .500 at 25-14. They’re 8-3 in their last 11 and while the Cavs have struggled as of late on the perimeter, they’re a good team.
The Phoenix Suns are not. Maybe this is some Slovenian curse put on them after Devin Booker decided to mock Luka Doncic in the playoffs last season, or maybe they’re just not a good team after all, but the Suns are 4-12 in their last 16.
And it’s only going to get worse, with Devin Booker likely out another three weeks. With the team imploding and their best player out, the Cavs should not have struggled as they did against the Suns, yet they did. The Cavs shot just 39% from the floor, 31% from three, and 83% from the free throw line. As a whole, not great.
And the game just didn’t make sense. Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley barely touched the ball but Mobley hits what would be the game-winning shot. Kevin Love went 0-6 from three, and Caris LeVert was an offensive maestro but a defensive nightmare. Donovan Mitchell couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from three but was Bruce Bowen 2.0 out on defense.
The game didn’t make sense and it hurt my head to watch.
The Cavs ground Phoenix with some concentrated Sunny-D(efense) and eeked out a 90-88 win at home.
Cleveland Cavaliers top 3 vs. the Phoenix Suns
1 Point – Raul Neto
21 minutes, 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block +4 BPM
2 Points – Cedi Osman
33 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, +11 BPM
3 Points – Donovan Mitchell
36 minutes, 20 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, +9 BPM
Cavs Top 3 Seasonal Standings
- Donovan Mitchell –52 Points
- Darius Garland – 37 Points
- Evan Mobley – 28 Points
- Cedi Osman – 26 points
- Jarrett Allen – 25 points
- Kevin Love – 17 Points
- Caris LeVert – 13 Points
- Isaac Okoro – 9 Points
- Dean Wade – 3 Points
- Lamar Stevens – 2 Points
- Raul Neto – 1 Point