The Cavaliers, searching for their first road win of the season, came awful close to it tonight, but weren't able to get it closer than 29 before time expired. The last time these teams met, the Cavs held them to 35% shooting, their worst performance of the year. This time, the Wolves shot 80% or 75% or something, my calculator broke. The end result was a 124-95 beatdown in Minnesota. The Cavs fall to 3-6 on the season and 0-6 on the road. Fortunately, all Cleveland fans are taking this in stride and nobody is freaking out.
- Anthony Bennett's offensive explosion. On only 11 shots, Bennett was able to amass 6 points.
- Watching the Timberwolves. It was a glorious display of ball movement, body movement, and well orchestrated offense. The Wolves had the look of smart veteran offensive players that have been under the wing of a great offensive coach for some time.
- Dion Waiters, who couldn't be bad if he tried. Sure, it may look like a run of the mill 2-6 but trust me, he is the GOAT.
- Literally nothing else.
- Everything else. Take your pick. Transition D. Interior D. Perimeter D. Kat Von D, all terrible.
The Moral of Story:
I don't think this is indicative of who the Cavs are, and sometimes a beating like this does more good than harm. Looking through the history of the NBA, you would be hard pressed to find a good team that didn't suffer a single blowout throughout the year. At least it was a good team on their home court. When playing with a new coach and new teammates, there are going to be prolonged stretches like this. Every game is a fight, nothing comes easy, and guys are doing more thinking than playing trying to understand a new system.
You don't have to find someone to blame after every loss. Sometimes better teams kick the shit out of you.— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) November 14, 2013
Write the Cavs off if you wish, it's an 82 game season. You might be right, maybe they won't get back on track and we are welcoming one of the best prospects in years onto this team, or maybe they get it figured out and making judgements so quickly proves folly. The Cavs haven't won a road game, and have played twice as many of them as they have home games, so maybe it's skewing your view a bit.
Let's all calm down and get our gameplan together for how we are gonna mock Cody Zeller and the Bobcats when they come to the Q on Friday night.