CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers have had nights like this at home before, and they've had them this season.
They've been drubbed by Eastern Conference contenders Philadelphia and Chicago, and lost to likely non-playoff teams such New Jersey, Golden State and Milwaukee.
But their 111-87 defeat to the Miami Heat probably hurts more because LeBron James plays for the other team.
Plus, it wasn't ever really close, as the Heat raced to a 21-2 lead and that was pretty much that.
The Cavs were out of sorts on offense, out of position on defense and showed little fire in general. That is likely why their coach, Byron Scott, used words like "scared" to describe their early performance.
"We weren't ready," Scott said.
He also said he told the team at halftime, "It boggles my mind that you're frightened by another man."
Let's just say he wasn't referring to Heat rookie Norris Cole, the speedy guard out of Cleveland State.