CLEVELAND -- Well, this much is clear about the Cavaliers: They havent arrived.
We already knew that going into their 105-89 loss to the visiting Clippers on Friday night. But this one put a couple exclamation points and a frowny face at the end.
The Cavs were outsmarted, outhustled, outmanned and out of luck after winning four of their previous five.
Now, nothing wrong with losing to a team like the Clippers. When theyre focused on defense, theyre extremely dangerous. Like, title-worthy dangerous.
When the Cavs beat the Clippers in LA earlier this season, the Clippers were nothing like they are now. They were a deep and talented team that basically refused to do anything but run, gun and have lots of fun.
They figured out that if you want to get somewhere when it really matters, you need to bend your knees, shuffle your feet and stick out your elbows. They did that all game Friday. The Cavs did it for about 12 minutes.
And that right there is the disappointing part.