Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Dallas Mavericks Final Score: Mavs beat Cavs 124 - 107, finish road trip 0-3, and losers of 5 straight.

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We're going streaking! Wait, No this sucks!

The Cavs got blown out again. They lost to the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 124-107. Why? Well, that's anyone's guess.

Mike Brown made a nice move last game, inserting Jarrett Jack into the lineup, which has helped the team be more vocal, and has improved the ball movement some. I mean, they look like they're trying and somehow that is improvement. So how to we flip from blowouts to wins?

"One of the things I like most about basketball is that a bunch people can watch the same thing, and see something completely different"

David Zavac told me that once when we were arguing about something, and it's a great line, true too.

If you were to poll a group of 100 Cavs fans, you might get 100 different answers. Mike Brown, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Run more, run less, rim defenders, wing defenders, Tristan Thompson, the bench, not enough bench, Dan Gilbert, Chris Grant, something I don't quite understand called "Only In Cleveland". There is a tiny bit of truth hidden in all of them, some more than others.

When someone says "This is how you fix it!" they might be right, but they could easily be wrong. There is no sure way to win a championship.

I know what doesn't though: bad defense. The Cavs defense is really bad. Really. It was decent to begin the season, but as the losing continues, the defensive effort wanes. This is a problem because the Cavs don't have many good defenders to being with.

Luol Deng is the teams best defender, and it's not close. Calling any other wing defender on the team good is being very generous. The Cavs bigs? Well... the Cavs have one, just one, of their rotation bigs in the top 200 of rim defenders in the NBA: Anthony Bennett. Bennett is within a percentage point of Roy Hibbert's % allowed at the rim, actually. Before you get carried away, its a tiny sample size of 1.3 attempts per game. The rest? Anderson Varejao 53%, Tyler Zeller 53%, and Tristan Thompson 57% all among the worst in the league. For reference Kyrie Irving allowed 57.8% at the rim.

So with 1 defensive wing, no defensive bigs, an undersized roster, a defensive coach, and no team chemistry, the team rolls along, losers of 5 straight. Where does it stop? No one knows.

ROLL CALL

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