Game Thread 2020-21 Season | Game #31 | Thunder @ Cavs | February 21, 2021

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For all the complaints about Sexton and Garland, throw Nance in at PF and a competent wing replacing Cedi’s minutes and it would have been a win or a 5 point or less loss at minimum.

The issue tonight was ZERO quality tall depth behind Allen and Cedi going 0-8 on almost exclusively wide open threes.

Even with Nance, it's becoming so hard to watch this team play with such a lack of length.

Every team shoots extremely well against us from deep because we have zero length closing out to shooters. We can be in good position and it not matter.

And that's becoming a hard thing to swallow night in and night out. And you wonder how they're ever supposed to fix that with these players. I want this group to succeed but...I dunno how.
 

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Even with Nance, it's becoming so hard to watch this team play with such a lack of length.

Every team shoots extremely well against us from deep because we have zero length closing out to shooters. We can be in good position and it not matter.

And that's becoming a hard thing to swallow night in and night out. And you wonder how they're ever supposed to fix that with these players. I want this group to succeed but...I dunno how.
Yup. Hoping the other team misses is not exactly a formula for success.
 

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Even with Nance, it's becoming so hard to watch this team play with such a lack of length.

Every team shoots extremely well against us from deep because we have zero length closing out to shooters. We can be in good position and it not matter.

And that's becoming a hard thing to swallow night in and night out. And you wonder how they're ever supposed to fix that with these players. I want this group to succeed but...I dunno how.
Yup. Hoping the other team misses is not exactly a formula for success.
 

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The disparity between the Cavs' ability to shoot 3's and their opponents' ability is night and day. Every damn game. Until the Cavs can at least not be blown out in the 3-point game there is no chance.

Kudos to Jarrett Allen for hustling for 42 minutes and scoring 26 points with 17 rebounds on 11-for-11 from the field. Garland had 21 points, 8 assists and 3 steals but was abused defensively. Sexton had 27 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists but committed four turnovers. Other than those three we had nothing. Okoro took 12 shots, 11 of which were 3's. He made four, but some of the others were embarassing, especially the air ball on an uncontested corner shot.

As usual the opponent had a tall, skilled wing the Cavs had no answer for. Tonight it was SGA who had 31 points, including 10 on free throws.
Yep. The good news is that the Cavs will likely have a way to address it in the draft. Maybe something nice happens in the Drummond trade. Or maybe Nance coming back later will bring the Cavs back to something resembling competitive. It's pretty glaring.

Also, isn't SGA in the backcourt? The Cavs "New Three" did their job (turnovers and defensive non-factor) aside, but the Cavs tend to get not much from anyone else. At best, you might get something out of Cedi but it's not consistent. Cedi is a player I think will actually be better once the Cavs solve their most glaring issues and start moving the ball.

Cunningham, Kuminga, or Barnes or GTFO at this point.
 

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Shai is a winner, Sexton is not. I want Cade. We need him. And dump our current Guards for picks to pick up length+ shooting on the wing. Also ditch the GM and JBb. Thank Altman for the Allen trade though.

How is Shai a winner when he was lucky to be on a Clippers team with Lou Williams, Pat Bev,Montrez and on a team with Chris Paul last year. This is the first time having a team with no superstar to catered him and he's no different than Sexton.
 

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How is Shai a winner when he was lucky to be on a Clippers team with Lou Williams, Pat Bev,Montrez and on a team with Chris Paul last year. This is the first time having a team with no superstar to catered him and he's no different than Sexton.
No one expected clippers or okc to make playoffs and yet they did. Now he’s on a roster that should be the worst team in the league and they’re better than the cavs
 
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Fedor had a good point - our four highest paid players were on the bench last night.

The Thunder are getting a ton of value out of some low paid players; Dort $1.5 M, Diallo $1.6 M, Muscala $2.2 M, Maledon $2.0 M, and SGA $4.4 M. All of them had key contributions to last night's win, especially SGA with 31 points and 8 assists.

Their one high-priced guy is 34-year-old Al Horford at $27.5 million. He's similar to our 32-year-old high-priced guy except that Al plays every night.
 

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No one expected clippers or okc to make playoffs and yet they did. Now he’s on a roster that should be the worst team in the league and they’re better than the cavs

Lol I did.

Chris Paul always makes the playoffs no matter who hes with.
 

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No one expected clippers or okc to make playoffs and yet they did. Now he’s on a roster that should be the worst team in the league and they’re better than the cavs


Both teams had quality veterans on them...Not,only they had quality veterans to surround Shai they weren't hit with injuries like us.For whatever reason, this team can't stay healthy at all.
 
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