The Cleveland Cavaliers are banking that the comforts of dwelling will assist reverse their latest fortunes.
The Cavaliers look to rebound from yet one more highway loss on Monday once they open a four-game homestand towards the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota, which has all of 5 wins on the season, handed Cleveland its fourth loss in 5 video games general and seventh in 10 away from dwelling with a 109-104 determination on Sunday.
The Timberwolves made 16 of 40 makes an attempt from 3-point vary, whereas the Cavaliers related on simply 4 of 16 pictures from past the arc.
Malik Beasley and rookie Anthony Edwards every scored 23 factors, with the previous making 5 pictures from 3-point vary and the latter 4 instances.
“Twenty-three factors from a 19-year-old rookie is improbable, however we’re not asking him to try this each night time,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders stated of Edwards. “We’re simply asking him to proceed to develop, and he is doing that.”
Edwards, the highest general choose of the 2020 NBA Draft, is averaging 19.2 factors over his previous 5 video games.
“We needed to play with extra grit,” Edwards stated in a Fox Sports activities North postgame interview. “We simply needed to be in every single place as a result of we have been undersized. So, we needed to be bodily, quick and flying round.”
The rationale the Timberwolves have been undersized was the continued absence of Karl-Anthony Cities (COVID-19 protocol) along with Naz Reid, who has missed the final two video games with a wrist harm.
The Cavaliers exploited the inside to the tune of scoring a season-high 72 factors within the paint. Turnovers, nevertheless, have been their undoing, with Darius Garland and Collin Sexton combining for 9 of the workforce’s season-high 19 on the night time.
“They’re huge. Seventy-two factors within the paint is lots. A part of that with them is the dimensions benefit that they do have on the within,” Saunders stated. “I appreciated the fouls that Ed (Davis) used. I appreciated quite a lot of issues that these guys did. I assumed it was the definition of a workforce win. However you possibly can’t be happy as a result of video games come fast. We run it again (Monday).”
On the flipside, Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff hasn’t been too happy together with his workforce’s play during the last two video games.
“There’s been cases these final two video games, in my thoughts, that we now have not performed to the usual of being probably the most aggressive workforce and probably the most selfless workforce on the ground,” Bickerstaff stated. “I believe that was the case for lots of (Sunday). I assumed we bought to a spot the place we constructed a lead and we bought away from being who we’re.”
Andre Drummond recorded 25 factors and 22 rebounds, and Sexton added 16 whereas enjoying by way of an ankle harm that would have an effect on his standing for Monday’s recreation.
Garland completed with 17 factors. He additionally had a reasonably correct response as to why the Cavaliers misplaced on Sunday.
“We beat ourselves,” Garland stated.
Cleveland will look to forestall historical past from repeating itself on back-to-back nights on Monday.
–Subject Degree Media