Some days it is better to stay in bed. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday was one of those days. One day after beating the Sacramento Kings 97-93, the Cavaliers fell behind the Portland Trail Blazers 22-2 and were never really part of a 111-70 loss at the Rose Garden.
Perhaps the biggest news of the night happened after the game when the team held a closed-door meeting for over 30 minutes. The result, when head coach Byron Scott finally came to speak to the media, wasn’t a kind one for the beleaguered team.
“Our team is just so soft mentally its unbelievable,” he said.
Such has been a problem all season for a team searching for clues without LeBron James. Yea, even 8 months after taking his talents to South Beach, the Cavs still find themselves searching for clues on the floor. Thursday was a prime example.
The Blazers led 37-12 after the first quarter and 64-34 at halftime. Things looked like they were going to reach embarrassing levels when Portland scored the first 9 points of the 3rd quarter to take a 73-34 lead. As it was, Cleveland was outscored 25-11 in the 3rd quarter and trailed 89-45. The record-setting 58-point loss to the Lakers in December looked to be in reach.
Cleveland ‘rallied’, however, as Portland too its foot off the gas a bit, making the final score – a 41-point beatdown – look a little better.
The Cavaliers shot 35.6% from the field and managed just 6 assists. guard Baron Davis returned after leaving the team due to the death of his grandmother but played just 15 minutes before leaving the game with back spasms.