Cavs searching for answers after loss to Celtics

The Cavaliers are nowhere near being a championship caliber team right now. If Wednesday’s road loss to the Kemba-less Hornets didn’t raise enough concern, tonight’s home loss to the Celtics should sound the alarm.

The Cavs were up five with 18 seconds left, at home, and somehow managed to let the Celtics come out on top 104-103 (a poor foul by JR Smith and fumbled rebound aided the collapse). Avery Bradley’s three point shot from the corner spelled doom for the Cavs in a game they led by 12 after one quarter, by six at halftime and by eight heading into the fourth.

Kevin Love left in the third with a “dead leg” after a hip-to-hip collision on the offensive end. With or without Love, the Cavaliers would have lost this basketball game. The team is an enigma.

They let a small Celtics squad out rebound them 49-47. They allowed 11 offensive rebounds and 48 points in the paint, were outscored 14-8 in fast break points, and one more thing. They missed 15 free throws. LeBron contributed five of those misses (12-17).

In no way, shape or form did the Cavs deserve to win this ball game. I don’t want to sit here and be irrational, but the past two Cavs outings warrant an elevated level of concern. Tyronn Lue is off to a 5-3 start as head coach, and may have more questions than answers. Getting fired could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for David Blatt.

The Cavs running through the Eastern Conference and reaching The Finals has been discussed this season as if it’s a foregone conclusion. The Toronto Raptors have won 13 of their last 14 (the only loss coming to Golden State) and are only 1.5 games behind Cleveland atop the conference standings.

This is not the way Lue envisioned his team entering the All-Star Break. Tomorrow night the Cavs will try to regroup, again, at home against Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans (18-31).

Evan Hablitzel

Sports Chat Co-Founder

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