Mike Brown: “We had one guy who competed”

It was an ugly loss last night at home for the Cavs.  The final score was 98-91 after undrafted rookie Matthew Delladova helped to close the gap in the fourth quarter.

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From FoxSportsOH: “I’m not trying to be funny,” Brown continued. “[The effort] is a concern. That’s a concern for anybody when you don’t go out there and compete and play hard. You’re going to tell me the five guys I put in the game can close a 30-point game by going out there and getting stops? Didn’t play hard.”

It was not a great night for the Cavs starting five.  Kyrie Erving still finished the game with 28 points, but his point differential while on the court was -20. In contrast, Dellavedova finished at +21. In fact, four out of our starting five (CJ Miles left the game in the first quarter with a calf strain and did not return) finished with a negative point differential.

The shooting by our starting five was awful. Waiters missed his first 11-12 shots, Thompson 0-5 from the field, Earl Clark was 1-6.  Sixteen turnovers by the Cavs cost them a total of 21 points during the game.  There was no intensity on the floor and that’s what had Mike Brown so riled up after the game.

See the full game recap here from NBATV:

 

 

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