The Cleveland Cavaliers were without Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., Jarrett Allen, and Matthew Dellavedova heading into Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz. Utah, the top team record-wise and the best team in the NBA, showed no mercy against Cleveland - blistering the banged-up Cavs to the tune of 111-75.
Despite the injuries, the Cavs did have recent trade acquisition Isaiah Hartenstein make his Cleveland debut. Hartenstein, who will now be known as Towerkraut, picked up two quick fouls 38 seconds into the game. But, the German sensation battled back, despite his foul troubles and contending with Rudy Gobert, and finished the night with 5 points, 7 assists, 2 goaltends, and 14 rebounds. Towerkraut came as advertised from Denver - he’s incredibly raw but there is potential there as a pick and roll option and a presence at the rim. We also saw Towerkraut take multiple three-point attempts which are kind of neat as long as it isn’t his primary focus.
Joining Towerkraut was Taurean Prince, who was making his second half of the season debut. Prince finished the night with 5 points and 1 foul and the Jazz took advantage of his rust by abusing him on the perimeter. Utah abused Cleveland period from beyond the arc, connecting on 19 of their 41 three-point attempts. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring, and three-point shooting, connecting on 4 attempts and finished the night with 19 points.
The Cavs, meanwhile, were not as successful from three-point range. Cleveland was only able to convert 7 of their 34 three-point attempts and playing Utah was a startling reminder that the Cavs need to inject a bit of a modern flow into their offense. Granted, they need some more shooters in order to successfully do that. Maybe they trade back into the draft to nab Corey Kispert or Franz Wagner so Towerkraut has a fellow countryman. Anyways, Collin Sexton led Cleveland in scoring with 20 points in this turd sandwich.
Cedi Osman and Dylan Windler also didn’t play again. They’re officially in the doghouse, folks.