The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night by a score of 123-109.
Heading into the game, the team knew they'd be without star power forward LeBron James but as the game progressed it was clear the defense also took the night off.
The Pacers shot 56 percent from the field and 51 percent from beyond the arc in route to an easy victory. While no Cavalier stood out, Iman Shumpert had a particularly tough day at the office.
Starting in place of LeBron, Shumpert had just four points and two turnovers in 35 minutes. The Cavs had just 15 total assists for the game and were missing the cohesive offensive play they had been displaying in the previous four games.
The main takeaway from the game will be the status of Kevin Love. Just ten days before the start of the playoffs, the Cavs power forward left the contest with back spasms, and while he did return, the timing and nature of the injury is a cause for concern.
Hopefully Ty Lue and the rest of the Cavs coaching staff finds ample time for Kevin to rest his back over the final three games of the season so he's 100 percent for the start of the playoffs.
The Cavaliers are off until Saturday when they head to Chicago to square off with the floundering Bulls.