CLEVELAND, Ohio – The chances of the Cleveland Cavaliers beating the Toronto Raptors are really low – even in one night, All-Star Kyle Lowry was sitting over a sore back.
Sometimes it's up to the head coach to increase this chance. That's what Larry Drew had tried on Saturday's 106-95 defeat.
Given the Cav's situation – a lack of talent, depth and far too many injuries – expectations must be lowered, especially against the team's best record in the league. For the rebuilding of Cavs, the best result is to stay competitive against the remodeled Toronto.
But Drew wanted more. Forget the moral victory this time.
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So Drew threw off player development for a night and rode that group the rest of the way. It was not enough But it said.
For the entire fourth quarter, this decision meant that coveted rookie Collin Sexton could be put on the bench. In the first three quarters, Sexton had scored 10 points in 5 out of 12 points. Sexton, however, also committed three sales, as Toronto's length and sportiness bothered again and again – just like Boston a night before.
This meant that newcomer Alec Burks, who scored 13 points in the second half, extended his playing time. 19659002] Even Tristan Thompson played for 40 minutes as Drew could not afford to take him off the ground. Thompson scored 18 points with 19 rebounds, seven of them at the offensive end. With Thompson on the floor, the Cavs outperformed the Raptors by two, one of two players on the right side of Saturday's point difference.
For much of the fourth quarter, Drew teamed with Jordan Clarkson, Burks, Rodney Hood, Cedi Osman, and Thompson.
"With (Burks) in the game, he gives us another ball handler," Drew said. "He gives us speed in the open field, he gives a bit of size, we can do a few things with him on the ground, especially when he's out there with Cedi and Rodney, which I really like that combination, he plays a lot with JC It really looks like they're learning to play off against each other, which I had hoped for.
"Alec, he's a willing passerby. There are calls to have the ball in your hands. If he seeks to break the defense, he is a good passerby. He makes the right game and that really helps JC. Helps all our boys a lot, so we can pick up the ball and play a game.
When the Raptors visited the Quicken Loans Arena for the last time, they returned and stared into an uncertain future. This loss, which led to a turnaround in the semifinals of the conference, forced the Raptors to reevaluate their future, and decided finally, for a head coach change and a franchise-changing deal for Kawhi Leonard.
After that last defeat, this was the case Cleveland's turn to think about what's coming next.
Four good losses in a row have the good vibes, who felt a week ago after two impressive wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets, knocked out new players (Burks) and guys who will soon come back from injury, he must try to win and develop the teens, and the Front Office department must find the best solution for the trade.  These are all questions the Cavs are facing, d a the calendar has been switched to December. In the meantime, Cleveland must seek answers at short notice to reinforce the offense.
On Saturday night, the Cavs did not reach the 100-point mark in the fourth consecutive game.
"You will experience ups and downs, and you will have times in which you play well, and you will have times when you are playing poorly," George Hill said. "We're a young team, we're still learning, and it's not like we wake up tomorrow and be a great, great team, that's something we have to build on, so we go through these moments, but now we have to We continue to try and learn from it. "
Cleveland hit Toronto only his first 3-pointer at the beginning of the third quarter. The Cavs were only 5 out of 22 points beyond the bow as they remain a two-point team in a 3-era dominated era.
The Cavs often went into isolation against the punchy Raptors. This resulted in a shooting night of 38.6 percent. They had just 14 assists on 34 shots. The team ball in the middle of a promising three-game track has disappeared.
Meanwhile, the player who helped shape the future of Toronto has done its job. Leonard scored 34 points at play and dismissed Cleveland's late run.
Therefore, the Raptors are likely to play until the end of May, and the best the Cavs can normally expect against this caliber of the opponent is to fight until the buzzer.
George Hill quietly in return
Hill returned from a sprained shoulder after he had missed the previous 11 games. With a one-minute restriction, Hill played only 19 minutes and came next to rookie Collin Sexton to start.
Hill scored eight points in 3 out of the 5 points.
The Cavs will travel to Brooklyn to fight the battling Nets who lost six games in a row. Tipoff is 19:30. on Monday evening.