The Cleveland Cavaliers were run out of Minnesota on Wednesday night by a Timberwolves team they had previously defeated. Ricky Rubio threw a bounce pass between Jarrett Jack's legs for one of his 16 assists while leading his team to a 124-95 victory.
Rubio also added 16 points on seven field-goal attempts to go along with six rebounds.
Kevin Love, meanwhile, was simply unguardable. The Cavs even put Henry Sims on him for a while and that didn't do anything. Love finished with 33 points on 16 shots to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Who knows how many points he and Rubio could've scored if they each played during the fourth quarter.
Mike Brown's defense allowed the T-Wolves to shoot 54.9 percent from the field for the game to go along with knocking down 11-of-22 three-pointers. It was an awful night for the Cavaliers who didn't seem to try very hard while falling to 3-6 on the young season.
But before we start breaking down the upcoming revenge game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday, below are 10 things I thought about during this loss.
No. 10: The Cavs need a veteran to put his arm around Anthony Bennett (6 points, 5 rebounds) and help the rookie play with confidence. Sort of like how Moses Malone did for Charles Barkley way back in the day. Once he stops playing scared out there things could change quickly for Bennett.
No. 9: When Bennett rolls to the basket on the pick-and-roll, nobody ever looks for him. Ever. Now some of that is on the rookie who does need to start calling for the ball in that situation. But some of the shots these guys are taking instead are just awful. Looking at you, Earl Clark.
No. 8: I've been a fan of Jarrett Jack's game since he was at Georgia Tech. I was also probably more excited than any blogger in America when Cleveland signed him this summer. But my man is killing me right now. He's so much better than 38 percent from the field and 2.3 turnovers per 25 minutes.
No. 7: Sergey Karasev, though, I think the Russian Jeff Hornacek just earned himself a spot in the rotation. Seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes. Go ahead and project those numbers to a 48-minute game, I'll wait.no comments