There’s been plenty of reason to pile on the Cleveland Cavaliers lately: the team’s won just three times in their last 12 games, and their most recent loss was historic: They gave up 148 points in a Saturday loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, tied for the most the franchise has ever surrendered in a regular season affair.
David Blatt is taking shots at his old team! pic.twitter.com/jeFIA33tSJ
— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) January 21, 2018
Solid burn, but just one problem: Blatt said this from the sidelines of the Turkish All-Star Game, which means a team’s reaching 148 points was in play.
Then it actually happened.
Blatt’s team gave up 151 today! He can’t even troll right
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) January 21, 2018
When David Blatt said he hopes his team doesn’t give up 148 points like the Cavs did…and then his team gives up 151 points… pic.twitter.com/X4C6EyAHKI
— Randy Cruz (@randyjcruz) January 21, 2018
Blatt’s side lost 151-142.
Still, it doesn’t change the fact that Cleveland’s defense has been miserable in 2017-18. They have the third-worst defensive rating in the league, surrendering 112.6 points per 100 possessions, just barely better than the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. The Cavs also hold teams to 47.7 percent shooting (also third-worst) and allow more assists per game than any team in the league.
“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” LeBron said after the 148-124 defeat. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside, they had it moving. Big (Steve) Adams is a monster. [Russell Westbrook] controlled their whole tempo. Paul George started off hitting threes. [Carmelo Anthony] … They were all solid. We scored 124 and still lost by 20. A lot to break down. We got an 11 a.m. practice tomorrow. It’s going to be so much to break down. I’m looking forward to it. It’s just a really bad, really bad loss on our part.”