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The Cleveland Cavaliers had a rough night against the Denver Nuggets. But they aren't getting discouraged. See what the players and coaches had to say after the 111-103 loss at home.
I have to admit that I was pretty frustrated watching this game. Even though the Cavaliers were rightfully underdogs, it just felt like a game that they could win. Despite my frustration, however, the Cavs seemed alright after the loss. Nobody was getting too down and opted to look for the positive aspects rather than the abysmal rebounding and transition defense.
"To be honest with you, I thought we did a pretty good job of hanging in there. In my mind, we didn't take a step back at all. We challenged these guys. We played pretty hard for 48 minutes of basketball. (Denver) has a bunch of great athletes that get up and down the floor. We gave them way too many points in the paint. A lot of that was in transition, which we talked about. We have to take care of the ball, but I'm not disappointed in our effort."
"I feel like we're still making steps in the right direction. Both groups, the starters and the bench were lacking a bit of energy. We were a step behind and they just outplayed us."
As you can see, they're still excited and confident about the progress and direction of the team. They certainly looked a step slow on the second night of a back to back and when you're playing a team like the Denver Nuggets, that one step can make a big difference.