Cleveland, Ohio-Cleveland Cavaliers head coach JB Bickerstaff, Colin Sexton and Jarrett Allen are the representatives of the three teams. They scored 117 on Sunday. -101 made a speech after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
How do you solve this problem?
Allen leaned over, crossed his arms, and began to think. Once, he will deviate from the usual diplomatic response. Maybe say something controversial. But he caught himself. Now is not the time he doesn̵
“We must… I don’t know what to say.” Allen replied. “We can’t think…I don’t want to say something wrong…”
Then, Allen talked about fighting, dealing with adversity in the game and exerting greater energy-this is the same wording used by Sexton and Bickerstaff in their Zoom game.
Perhaps the bigger problem is: there is no one way to solve this problem. There may not even be enough answers. No one can bring major changes.
The Cavaliers are currently broken. Their faith seems to be shaken.
“I think we look down on ourselves too much,” Allen said. “This kind of thing happened. The team continues to lose winning streaks. I’ve been lingering around-eight consecutive victories-and then we came back and won eight consecutive victories. It’s easy to look inward, like, “Man, we really can Do this? “But this is the NBA. We are here for a reason. We all know how to play basketball, we all know how to play defense, the basics, and if we go back to that position, we can come back.”
They have lost 10 consecutive victories and 14 of the last 16 games. Their four highest-paid players-Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Tauren Prince-are currently out due to injury, or in the case of Drummond, until He was traded. The central figure of the one-time reconstruction-Kevin Porter Jr.-is lighting it up in the G League bubble. There is still no viable backup point guard on the roster. On the defensive end, Darius Garland and Sexton are not protected by Drummond and Nance or Allen and Nance (Allen and Nance) The next was gradually eliminated. The “most winning game” before the All-Star Game was torn off after just six minutes. Their starting lineup includes four young people under 22.
“No one will save us. No one will save us.” Bickerstaff said. “Other leagues don’t care about our winning streak. They think we are the right opportunity. Moreover, we must find the gravel and determine the position in order to actually draw the line in the sand, not only holding the line, but pushing forward and crossing Lines. This is your only way out of trouble.”
Many of Cleveland’s recent problems can be easily explained. I mean, who didn’t see this month coming?
But Sunday night is not the time. This loss is not due to overmatching. At least, it shouldn’t be so. That is Oklahoma City. You know, the teams that have taken multiple actions in the past offseason to collect future first-round picks are in the early stages of rebuilding, with one of the league’s youngest players, and are competing for lottery table tennis. And lost six sevens.
“You can win any game, but when you look like it, I think they are ranked 14th in the Western Conference and they are in a similar position to where we are,” Allen said. “We are rebuilding. It’s like looking in a mirror, across the other side of the coast. These are the games you want to eliminate, you want to fight, and you want to win, and do your best with these teams. We are now In a 10-game losing streak, this is one of the nights you have seen, saying: “Yes, I can guard this person. We can beat this team. We can break this winning streak. ‘”
Incomplete. Although Sexton was satisfied with the offensive performance, the Cavaliers barely broke 100 points while shooting 22.9% from three-pointers. Not only can they not shoot enough three-pointers, but they don’t have many respectable shooters. The four players on the bench-Dylan Windler, Damyean Dotson, JaVale McGee and Lamar Stevens )-Scored 9 points in 46 minutes with a 13-point advantage.
After the loss, Bickerstaff protected the terrible bench quartet. He said the production was related to his decision to play the starting line for so long.
On the other hand, Cleveland’s tenacious, dirty defensive identity seems to be a distant memory.
In less than two months, the Cavaliers’ ranking rose from No. 1 to No. 24. The way they played on Sunday, they scored 117 points (the fewest points they allowed in this slip and slip), shot 54.4% from the field and 46.4% from the three-point line, making them the second worst in the league. His offense ranked 30th for the third consecutive season. This is after investing a lot of resources in the hope of fixing it.
Bickerstaff said: “It boils down to one-on-one defense.” “That’s the problem they can only line up us, play games in space, and then chase us one-on-one. We just need to be better there. We must be more vigilant, we must stand on our ground and be healthier. We must do better there.”
He said: “I don’t know where it went.” “But there is no reason. We have to play like in the park. When I say I mean defense, you have to face that one-on-one challenge and make sure you The man doesn’t score. And, if your man keeps going, you have to do something to stop it. After all, no one will come to help you, and no one will close the door. You almost have to accept one-on-one like playing in a park The challenge, and then stop letting your man paint and kick your feet. If you do a good job and just lock your man up and accept the challenge, then we don’t have to be in contention.”
In this reconstruction process, who the knights are and where they are is a reality. One reason is that most predictors choose the game where they lose second place. Their injuries manifested as a blow to the playoff team, and they were unable to handle them like other teams, which gave them a lot of options.
But can’t it compete with organizations similar to the Thunder? More and more disrespect for your own house? There is no reason. Not understaffed. Not a youth. Not a process. No. Competitive losses for a comparable team should not be too much.
“We are all frustrated with failure. If they are not competitive, these people will not reach this level. The question is how we deal with it,” Bickerstaff said. “We have to deal with it as a whole. We can’t just get rid of frustration and try to win the game by ourselves.
“I don’t want to sell our guys during processing. We know where we have to continue to improve. We know we will mix these together. But as a group, we want it to be the same every night. So there is no excuse. The The process can sometimes be used as emergency aid, and I don’t want our guys to think in this mindset.”
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