Following an embarrassing loss at home to the Golden State Warriors, are the Cleveland Cavaliers still a top contender for the NBA Finals? "I'm a big culprit in that", Lopez said. "They were absolutely phenomenal tonight". But something or someone's got to go. This suggests that while the Cavs are finally able to have a healthy lineup, they are still short of being a legitimate threat to other title contenders. Although it is just one loss for Cleveland, there are a couple of reasons why their particular loss to the Warriors was concerning.
Joe Johnson (3 points, 1-of-7) saw his streak of double-digit scoring end at seven games, but the veteran knocked down a three-pointer for the 16th consecutive game, matching the longest streak for a Net this season.
A couple of days before their much-anticipated clash with the Warriors, the Cavs lost a close game against the San Antonio Spurs and won another tight match against the Dallas Mavericks prior to that. Love's only basket was a three-pointer late in the first half. The Cavs have 43 games left in the regular season and then would have to take three steps and play a minimum of 12 games in the Eastern Conference playoffs to meet the Warriors in the Finals again.
The Warriors, meanwhile, have fallen off slightly after a 24-0 start, partially because of injuries.
Gordon has averaged 14.9 points and has hit 101 3-pointers in 41 games.
"They came in and gave us a good ol' fashioned a-kicking", James said.
Before the locker room cleared out, James tried to put a positive spin on a brutal night. We had a trophy, we had champagne and we had goggles. "That's what makes us great is any given night". The way I said it, in a sarcastic way ... it is what it is.
Curry was one of five players from the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors included in the squad, joining Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala.
By 4:33 remaining in the second quarter, Love had bagged the double-double. Cleveland coach David Blatt said he spoke with G J.R. Smith about the flagrant-2 foul on Monday. Golden State interim coach Luke Walton said head coach Steve Kerr is getting more involved in preparing for each game. "That and the lack of mental preparation more than anything else really hurt us". "For these young guys, I hope they can stay as clear away from it as possible and understand what's important, what's not important. We're coming off pick-and-rolls and we want you to be aggressive.' He knows that and I know he definitely made a conscious effort and I know it will go far going forward", Irving said. They were also blown-out at the Portland Trail Blazers the night after they fell to the Warriors on Christmas Day.
How can we start out with anything other than the Golden State Warriors' complete dismantling of the Cleveland Cavaliers?
"To some teams, yeah". "He's not going to let those guys get intimidated at all".