Games like these are almost a guaranteed loss. The Cavaliers won at Oklahoma City last season, the Thunder are defending Western Conference champions, and they already lost to an East team (Atlanta) at home this year.
So, what do the Cavs have to play for?
Well, you still have to approach each game its winnable. And with the young Cavs, it probably is. At least, it is if Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao stay healthy, and Alonzo Gee and Tristan Thompson keep doing their thing defensively.
But more than that, this game is another step in the growing process -- as the Cavs face the team that every small-market franchise wants to become. The Thunder are mostly young, fun, highly talented and operate as a fairly cohesive unit.
They built mostly through the draft, using a combination of being lucky and good on their way to landing the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden (since traded) and Jeff Green (traded before that).
The Cavs are in ...