The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Chicago Bulls by a score of 118-106. This is their seventh staright loss and 13th in their last 16 games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are just not a good basketball team right now. They are still stuck in what seems to be a never-ending losing streak. Chicago came into Cleveland and beat them for the second time in the last four games.
The 3rd quarter continues to be a massive issue for the Cavs. Chicago outscored Cleveland 40-19 in the 3rd and pretty much put the game away right then. Cleveland managed to outscore Chicago in the 4th quarter 30-19, but it was too little too late as Cleveland lost by 12 points at home 118-106.
Double-doubles from Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr.
Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. were the only members of the Cleveland Cavaliers to finish with a double-double.
Kevin Love finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Love went 8-16 from the field and 4-8 from deep. Love also had two assists and one steal in the contest.
This was the third consecutive double-double for Larry Nance Jr., scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 boards in 24 minutes of playing time. Nance made seven of 11 field goal attempts, including one three-pointer.
Cavaliers young guards struggled
Collin Sexton’s final line looks much better than his actual performance. Sexton had 18 points on 7-15 shooting (3-7 3PT) and making one free throw. Sexton also had three assists, two rebounds, and one steal.
Darius Garland failed to register an assist for the first time since December 27th. Garland is averaging 5.6 assists per game in January, so seeing the zero in the assist column is a bit disappointing. Garland did score 13 points on a 5-12 shooting night (2-5 3PT).
The duo of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland combined for three assists (all from Sexton) and six turnovers. Both guards providing very little in the assist department is a little concerning. Cleveland needs their guards to be on the positive side of the AST-TO ratio. Sexton and Garland were not the only turnover prone Cavaliers Saturday, as the team committed 21 turnovers in the game compared to just nine for Chicago.
This was one of the better games for Cedi Osman, finishing with 18 points, six assists, two steals, and one rebound. Simply put, Osman filled the stat sheet. Osman went 7 of 11 from the field, making two of four three-point attempts, and two of three shots from the free throw line. Cedi Osman’s personal performance isn’t really the story here.
The charitable contributions of Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr.
Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. decided to donate $200 each ($400 total) for each three-pointer made in Saturday’s game.
With 25 three-pointers made, Osman and Nance will be donating $10,000 to provide aid to those were affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey on Friday.
Cedi Osman originally planned to donate $100 for each three-pointer made by himself, until Larry Nance Jr. joined in and convinced him to make it $200. This is a very kind gesture from the Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr.