The Cavaliers put themselves in danger

The Cavaliers put themselves in danger

At the end of February, the Cavaliers were in third place in the Eastern Conference. Then the beginning of March will see Cleveland slip, little by little, to fourth, then to fifth place.

This was still the case on March 25. The next day, Toronto passes, then Evan Mobley is injured three days later, and now, as the season ends, the Ohio franchise is seventh! The defeat against Orlando, the fourth in five matches, only confirms this tumble. The Magic, however, remained on six straight defeats but still stuck 120 points to the troops of JB Bickerstaff.

“They simply dominated us in all areas”plague and note the coach for The Athletic. “We did not know how to take up the challenge, to keep them out of the racket. It’s very disappointing for us to play like that. There were a lot of moments when we didn’t show any signs of a fight. »

As for the Wolves, this defeat comes at the worst time, against a weak team and when the Cavaliers still need victories to secure this seventh place. Orlando, one of the worst offenses in the league, scored 120 points and shot 50% and 45% from 3-point range.

“Disappointment, yes, that’s the right word. They were the first on the ball, it’s clearly one of our worst performances of the season.”says Kevin Love. “Everyone in the locker room felt the same: we should have won this game”continues Lauri Markkanen. “We were dominated and it’s disappointing. »

An eye on the chasers and a pivotal game in Brooklyn ahead

It is obvious that the absences of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley weigh down the defense of the Cavaliers. They collect almost 117 points per game over the last five games, all played without the two interiors.

” It’s not acceptable. It’s not our basketball, the one we showed this season, ” laments Lauri Markkanen.“For many elements, it is above all a question of state of mind”, says Kevin Love. “If we see a player make the effort, the others will follow. »

In the standings, this setback gives the pursuers, the Nets, Hawks and Hornets, a chance to overtake them by the end of the regular season. And we know that being seventh or ninth, or even tenth, is not the same thing in “play-in”. The next match, Friday, will be very important because it’s a trip to Brooklyn.

If Kevin Durant and company win against New York on Wednesday, then they will have the opportunity to pass the Cavaliers if they win.

Kevin Love and his band have only two games left while Brooklyn, Atlanta and Charlotte have three more games. Victories for Brooklyn and Atlanta this Wednesday evening, but also for Charlotte tomorrow, as well as a loss against the Nets on Friday, and the last days of the season could become very difficult in Ohio…

“If we play our basketball, we can win these two games,” considers the Finnish interior. “We have to learn from this defeat and not dwell on it too long. We have big matches coming up. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Darius Garland 65 35.8 46.1 38.0 89.7 0.6 2.7 3.3 8.6 3.8 1.3 0.1 1.8 21.6
Jarrett Allen 56 32.3 67.7 10.0 70.8 3.4 7.3 10.8 1.6 1.7 0.8 1.3 1.7 16.1
Collin Sexton 11 28.8 45.0 24.4 74.4 1.2 2.1 3.3 2.1 2.8 0.9 0.0 2.3 16.0
Evan Mobley 67 33.9 50.6 25.3 66.4 2.0 6.2 8.3 2.5 2.0 0.8 1.6 2.2 14.9
Lauri Markkanen 58 31.0 44.0 34.8 86.0 1.0 4.7 5.7 1.4 0.9 0.8 0.5 2.1 14.4
Caris Levert 16 29.6 43.5 35.0 72.7 0.8 2.8 3.5 3.8 1.8 0.9 0.2 1.9 14.1
Kevin Love 71 22.6 42.3 38.4 84.2 1.1 6.0 7.1 2.2 1.3 0.4 0.2 1.4 13.4
Ricky Rubio 34 28.5 36.3 33.9 85.4 0.4 3.7 4.1 6.6 2.6 1.4 0.2 2.2 13.1
Cedi Osman 63 22.1 42.6 35.3 66.1 0.4 1.8 2.2 2.1 1.0 0.8 0.2 1.9 10.7
isaac okoro 64 29.8 48.0 35.3 78.1 1.1 2.0 3.1 1.8 0.9 0.8 0.3 2.5 9.0
Malik Newman 1 7.7 60.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.0
Rajon Rondo 18 20.0 43.3 38.5 75.0 0.2 2.7 2.9 4.5 1.7 0.9 0.1 1.4 6.8
Moses Brown 11 12.3 62.2 0.0 56.0 1.6 3.8 5.5 0.0 0.4 0.3 0.5 1.7 6.4
lamar stevens 60 16.0 49.7 29.0 70.7 0.8 1.8 2.6 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.3 1.7 6.1
Dean Wade 51 19.2 45.6 35.9 66.7 0.6 2.3 2.9 1.0 0.3 0.6 0.1 1.7 5.3
Brandon Goodwin 34 14.5 42.1 34.5 63.2 0.4 1.6 2.0 2.6 1.0 0.7 0.0 1.1 5.0
justin anderson 3 15.5 50.0 33.3 75.0 0.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.3 4.3
Tre Scott 2 5.7 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 3.0
Denzel Valentine 22 9.3 37.1 40.9 0.0 0.4 1.3 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.8 2.9
Dylan Windler 48 9.1 37.9 30.9 83.3 0.4 1.4 1.8 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.9 2.2
Luke Kornet 2 7.4 20.0 0.0 66.7 1.0 0.5 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 2.0
Kevin Pangos 24 6.9 32.6 23.1 75.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 1.2 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.5 1.6
Rj Nembhard 13 4.6 35.3 0.0 75.0 0.2 0.2 0.5 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.2 1.2
Tacko Fall 11 5.3 41.7 0.0 28.6 0.6 1.5 2.1 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.3 1.1
Tim Frazier 2 4.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
Ed Davis 30 6.7 68.8 0.0 42.9 0.5 1.7 2.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.3 1.1 0.9

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