The Cavaliers lost to the Nets tonight at the Barclays Center by a final score of 104 to 95. The Cavaliers came out flat, possibly due to playing their second game in two nights, and the Nets took advantage. Despite a strong start to the game from each of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs, were outplayed by Nets in the first quarter.
Things did not get much better for the Cavs in the second. Love and Channing Fyre combined to go 1-9 from beyond the arch and the Nets lead grew. At halftime, the Nets were up by 10. During the third quarter, LeBron decided enough was enough and took the game over. The King scored 15 points in the third, a quarter which saw the Cavs outscore the Nets 34-21 and completely erasing the halftime deficit. Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers offense sputtered, only scoring 12 points total in the period making the final score Brooklyn 104, Cleveland 95.
On one end of the spectrum, LeBron James shot extremely well in this game going 13-16 from the field to finish with 30 points. It would be a massive boon for the team if LeBron is starting to find his jumper. Sadly, for as good as LeBron's offensive game, was Timofey Mozgov's defensive performance was equally as bad. Both Thad Young and Brook Lopez consistently got positioning against and took advantage of Timo down low.
As easy as it may be to chalk this loss up to the schedule the Cavs apathetic opening to the game and more new rotations from Tyronn Lue are not what fans are hoping to see just 10 games before the start of the playoffs.
The Cavs look to get back on track Friday at Madison Square Garden. Let's hope they handle the two nights in New York City as well as they did the few nights in Los Angeles during their recent West Cost trip.