The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have better luck with the Los Angeles Clippers, as they managed to lose to both teams in a two day period.
Time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to do their best Snake Plissken impression and “Escape from L.A.”. Back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers on back-to-back nights. The difference with the Clippers loss is that the game was never really close. Cleveland briefly led 3-0 and after that it was all Clippers. Los Angeles slowly built momentum through the first half until breaking things wide open in the second half. At one point Cleveland trailed by 36 points. Cleveland simply lacked the talent to compete in this one. While Kevin Love did not play, his presence would not have made that much of difference. That is how large the talent gap is between these two teams.
Rough shooting night for Darius Garland, but still has a noteworthy performance
Darius Garland went 5-16 from the field including 2-7 from three-point range. Garland’s 14 points and how he got there is not the important takeaway here. Garland became the second rookie this season to finish a game with 10 assists. This is Garland’s first career double-double.
This is some good news for the Cavaliers. Collin Sexton is not much of a passer, he’s more of a shooter. Cleveland needs some to be their point guard and appears that Garland is trending towards becoming the person that keeps the offense moving.
Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman lead Cavs scoring
Speaking of Collin Sexton, he led the Cavaliers in scoring on the night. Sexton scored 25 points on 10-18 from the field (4-6 3PT). Just another game from Collin Sexton. This is bit better than some other shooting efforts, but is in line with what Sexton usually ends up.
Cedi Osman made five of his eight three-point attempts, leading to his 21 points on the night. Osman would go 2-5 from two and make both free throw attempts. Cedi Osman has been feeling it lately, making 11 of his last 19 three-point attempts. Cleveland has been making an effort to get Osman involved and that effort is paying dividends, even though they have lost their last two games.