In what is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ worse loss of the season, they lost to Portland Trail Blazers 103-95 on Thursday night in Cleveland. The loss puts the Cavs at 10-9 on the season and snaps a two game winning streak.
Donovan Mitchell led the Cavs with 23 points, but finished 7-20 from the field. Darius Garland had 15, but was 6-18 from the field. Evan Mobley had 20 points for Cleveland and finished an efficient 9-14 from the field. As at team, the Cavs shot 42.7% from the field and 21.9% from three.
Portland’s Shaedon Sharpe led all scorers with 29 points. The Trail Blazers scored 31 points off of 17 Cleveland turnovers.
Well... that happened
This was a sloppy Cavs performance. They led by double digits at multiple points in the game only to trail early in the fourth quarter. And then they fell behind again, trailing by three when Donovan Mitchell returned with 7:54 left. And then were down 9 after a turnover with around 6:50 to go. At 6:08. to boos in the arena, they trailed by 12. That Portland run prompted a timeout from Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to try and right the slip.
And then they had a slight comeback, a small sign of life. Led by Mitchell, the Cavs got as close as six, but could not get any closer. There was no comeback or stolen win to be had for Cleveland.
This is a bad loss. There’s no way around that. Portland is a bad basketball team that Cleveland should be better than. It’s that simple. The standard for this team, considering last year’s success and the talent, should be higher.
Up next: The Cavs head to Detroit on Saturday for a game against a woeful Pistons team that has not won a game since October. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.