Kevin Love put together a sensational offensive performance. His teammates were really struggling. All the same, they froze him out late in the midst of being outscored by 13 points the fourth quarter, and ended up blowing a double digit lead heading into the final period.
Bummer. It was the fifth straight loss for the Cavs, the fourth in a row at home. They’ll now begin a six game road trip.
Love finished with 30 points on 15 shots, adding nine rebounds and four assists, though he did turn the ball over five times. In the final three minutes of the game, though, Darius Garland and Collin Sexton traded drives to nowhere and the ball didn’t move. Maybe it’s unfair to lump them together, and Sexton ended up attempting five more shots than Garland, but neither were efficient scoring the ball. The potential assists metric may end up providing a better picture of this, but neither were able to consistently set up teammates.
This one feels tough to find positives for in the moment, but the Cavs did spend most of this game with a lead. The Pistons had been reeling of late and were as banged up or more than the Cavs, but missing Dante Exum, Larry Nance Jr., and Kevin Porter Jr. could not have helped Cleveland.
The tank moves on, and we are able to continue to collect data on the young players. Garland has been taking meaningful steps forward of late, so we can’t judge him too harshly. Sexton’s tunnel vision is becoming untenable. The two really struggle when playing together, and as of now the Cavs look primed to try and play both in clutch situations. It makes sense because you want them to get that experience, but when it leads to Kevin Love being ignored like tonight it’s a problem.