The worst home loss in Cleveland Cavaliers history. That is what happened in Andre Drummond’s Cavs debut. A 133-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse keeps Cleveland winless at home to start this decade. “The Morgue” nickname is alive and well, as contradictory as that may seem.
The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard and Pat Beverley and still blew out the Cavaliers. Losing to the superior Clippers is not all that surprising, but the worst home loss ever to a team without two of their best players is just plain embarrassing.
One would think that a loss like this would be a direct result of Cleveland missing all of their better and veteran players. Well, that’s untrue. The Cavaliers had their best players available to them and still lost by a margin so large that it only occurs when being on the right side of a lopsided win in NBA2K on rookie. Cleveland’s full compliment of players was no match for the Clippers, even without Leonard and Beverly.
The fact Cleveland got better at the trade deadline and still lost by 40+ is a lot of things. Confusing, irritating, inexcusable, perplexing, mind-numbing, frustrating, and yet still expected. The team seems unable to put together 48 consecutive minutes of quality basketball and the blame for that is squarely on John Beilein. Sure the team has flaws, but they are in no way this bad. At some point the future of Beilein as the coach of this team must be questioned and that point appears to be coming sooner rather than later.