Note: Stealing a line from Krolik, but all of these games are blurring together to become one. Untill something changes in how the Cavaliers play basketball, the recaps are largely going to look the same. Because of that, I’m going to keep them short with an occassional foray into a specific player who might have had a good game. I’m not going to type 1,000 words for the sake of typing 1,000 words.
Well, there isn’t anything that happened that you didn’t expect. The Cavaliers yet again prove they can’t play defense on any level.
I keep saying this after every game, but this team is getting worse as the season goes on. Last night, they gave up 102 points to the worst offensive team in the league. Well, they WERE the wort offensive team. Now, they are the second worst offensive team, behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Off. Eff. rating of the Bucks is a really paltry 97.5, which is just barely ahead of the Cavaliers at 97.4. Still, to give up 102 points to a slow-paced team that is terribly in-efficient on offense while allowing them to shoot 50+% from the field is just disgustingly bad.
Here’s the funny thing, it wasn’t the 3-point shot this time, it was Andrew Bogut. Bogut, who has been struggling much of the year on offense because of his injured arm, went off last night and shot 11-14 from the field. Seriously, if you have a player on your team who is in a slump, just get him to Cleveland and I’m sure he’ll bust out of it.
To further point of how bad this defense is, I decided to look at team FG% around the league. The median number is 45.9%. Do you know the last time the Cavs held a team at or below 45.9% shooting in a game? January 1st against the Chicago Bulls. 10 games ago. Just terrible.
Sadly, I really have no one to compliment. The entire team sucked. Hickson couldn’t handle success more than a few games, Sessions is worse at defense than Mo Williams, Jamison was Jamison, and the D-Leaguers played like D-Leaguers.
I hate to say it, but this team is going to break the all-time record for longest losing streak. Just no way around it. When you’re getting blown out by bad teams, at home, there really is no hope for a win. They honestly have to play their very best to beat the very worst teams in the league. We will be lucky to get 3 more wings the rest of the year playing like this.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers!