The Cleveland Cavaliers were no match for the Denver Nuggets as they were blown out 133-95, their fifth consecutive loss.
If the wheels were not completely off yet they are now. The Cleveland Cavaliers were on the wrong side of a nearly 40-point blowout of the Denver Nuggets. Denver just ran away with this game pretty early on and Cleveland simply could not fight back. This was the fifth-straight loss and the fourth by 10 or more points for the Cavaliers.
Two primary issues, the Cavs ineffective field goal percentage (38.3) and the fact the Nuggets outscored Cleveland in the paint 62-42. If Cleveland is unable to dominate in the paint they simply have no chance to at least stay competitive. The Cavaliers are not a good three-point shooing team, their 8-37 performance Wednesday is clear evidence of that.
Four Cavaliers eclipsed double-digits in scoring and none of them were the usual suspects. Jarrett Allen led Cleveland’s scoring effort with 18 points in 26 minutes of play. Isaac Okoro was the only other starter to break this barrier as he finished with 10 points on 5-12 shooting. Taurean Prince and Dylan Windler were the only other players to sore 11 or more points. Prince had 12 points on 4-10 shooting (3-5 3PT) and Winder had 11 on 3-7 shooting (1-5 3PT).
The issue for Cleveland is the trio of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Andre Drummond combined for 15 points on 6-22 from the field. It was an unimpressive performance across the board for their three key starters. In fact, the Cavs bench outscored the starting lineup and that is never a combination for success. If the Cavaliers are going to get back into the win column this must change and fast.