The Cavs lost again on Wednesday night — shocker — but at least there was some fun stuff in 125-103 loss.
NEGATIVE: Turnovers kill the Cavs
As a team, the Cavs committed 20 turnovers, leading to 27 Celtics points. And it wasn’t just one player committing the turnovers either - the Cavs’ starters and key bench players all committed turnovers. Ante Zizic led the way with five. Collin Sexton had four. Cedi Osman had three, as did Rodney Hood. Alec Burks, Jordan Clarkson, Matthew Dellavedova, Jaron Blossomgame and Cameron Payne all had two.
For a team like the Cavs, that many turnovers is crushing. The defense is useless and the offense is bad, so if turnovers mount up, Cleveland has no chance. That’s exactly what happened.
POSITIVE: Cedi Osman was awesome
Give Cedi Osman credit: He is grinding amid all of the losing. Against the Celtics, Osman finished 8-11 from the field — and 6-7 on three-pointers — to go along with eight rebounds. This easily might be Osman’s best game of the season.
A fun part of Osman’s night is where he took his shots, too. Like all of the Cavs, he’s had a penchant for mid-range shots. Against Boston, he really only took one mid-range shot and it wasn’t even in no man’s land. Largely, Osman took threes and took shots at the rim — exactly what you want from him:
Osman won’t play like this every night, but him playing this well is a really, really fun and promising for him as he continues to find his play in the NBA.
NEGATIVE: Where art thou, Rodney Hood?
Rodney Hood’s overall stat line is fine for the year. He’s had injuries too, which can’t have helped a rhythm scorer stay in, well, rhythm.
Yet, Hood just remains a disappointment most nights. Against the Celtics, he was 1-9 from the field and 1-3 from three. And his shot selection was like most nights this season: a ton of mid-range shots, no shots at the rim and too few three-pointers.
Not all of this is on Hood — the Cavs’ circumstances do not help him. But in theory, he is one the few guys on the roster who could help bust zone defenses that confound the Cavs by spacing the floor. He’s someone who can create his own shot, too, in theory, and take pressure off of Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman.
Except he does none of that. It was on full display in Boston. At this point, it’s fair to wonder how much money he cost himself this season.