In many ways, this afternoon's game was reminiscent of so many games that the Cleveland Cavaliers have played over the last four years. They were bad, the other team was good. The Dallas Mavericks came to town and dominated every facet of the game, winning by a final score of 109-90.
The Cavs allowed Dallas to execute their offense to near perfection. As a team, the Mavericks shot 56 percent from the floor. It was a balanced attack, with Monta Ellis scoring 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki pouring in 15, and Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, and J.J. Barea all adding 14 apiece.
On a positive note, Kevin Love had another good game, at least on offense. He scored a season-high 30 points on 11-21 shooting to go along with 10 boards.
But there weren't many other positives from this game. Dion Waiters had one of the worst games of his career. He missed his first eight shots before finishing the game 4-14 from the floor.
Kyrie Irving also had a tough night before leaving the game with "lower back tightness." He was 2-9 from the field, and then sat out much of the third quarter and all of the fourth.
Obviously, with LeBron James and Anderson Varejao already out, the Cavs can't really afford any more injuries at the moment.
In the immediate future, things will get easier as the Cavs play tomorrow night in Philadelphia against the 4-28 76ers. However, after that, they host the Rockets, and then embark on a five-game road trip out west. If they play like this, it's going to be an exhausting couple of weeks.