PREVIEW: Cleveland Cavaliers look to rebound on road vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Jan 27, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) and guard Darius Garland (10) commemorate throughout the 4th quarter versus the Detroit Pistons at Rocket Home Mortgage FieldHouse. Necessary Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff isn’t thinking about overreacting to his team’s worst offensive performance of the season.
Bickerstaff, in reality, is confident the Cavaliers will get better from their 3rd loss in 4 games on Sunday night when they open a home-and-home series against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. The groups will reconvene in Cleveland the following night to open the Cavaliers’ four-game homestand.
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” Not,” Bickerstaff said, when asked if Friday’s 102-81 setback at the New York Knicks was a substantial step back in terms of the team’s growth.
” We’ll be much better on Sunday. We’ve got to do a far better task of passing the basketball to the open guy. It’s a basic thing. It’s an easy adjustment to be made. It’s a simple thing for us to fix.”
Darius Garland scored 16 of his season-high 24 points after intermission on Friday. He highlighted the night with 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.
” We certainly get ahead of ourselves in some cases,” the 21-year-old Garland said. “However we’re turning into a really excellent team. We just have to lock in on both ends and play with each other. That’s the only method we’re gon na win video games, when all 5 on the flooring just play with each other.”
Collin Sexton averages team-best totals in points (24.6) and assists (4.3) this season He averaged 18.5 points in a two-game season split versus Minnesota in 2019-20.
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Sexton, however, made simply 6 of 18 shots from the floor on Friday and misfired on all four of his 3-point efforts.
Andre Drummond increased his league-leading rebounding average to 14.7 after grabbing 15 boards on Friday. He summoned a season-low 4 points on 2-of-7 shooting versus the Knicks, nevertheless.
In addition to a sputtering offense, Cleveland also has actually withstood considerable road concerns this season. Boston breezed to a 141-103 win over the Cavaliers last Sunday before New york city’s runaway victory dropped the club to 3-6 far from Quicken Loans Arena.
While Cleveland has actually had a hard time on the roadway, Minnesota has actually tumbled head over heels despite place. The Timberwolves have actually dropped 3 in a row total and 14 of their last 16 video games given that winning the very first 2 contests of the season.
Malik Beasley scored 22 points and D’Angelo Russell included 14 in Minnesota’s 118-94 shellacking by the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
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Russell (20.1 points per game) and Beasley (20.0) are leading the way for the Timberwolves in the lack of two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns, who has missed seven straight video games due to COVID-19 procedures.
Injuries and lacks forced Minnesota to utilize its 10th different starting lineup in 18 games on Friday.
Top overall pick Anthony Edwards was inserted into the lineup and scored 15 points on Friday, two days after erupting for 25 with 5 3-pointers in a 123-111 loss at the Golden State Warriors.
” As professionals you have actually got to stay prepared, no matter what,” Beasley said. “If it were a ballboy with us, you’ve got to remain ready.”