What We Learned: Cavs vs Sixers


76ers 95, Cavaliers 92 – Tony Wroten hit the go-ahead lay up with :9.1 left as Philadelphia earned its first home win of the season. Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 rebounds for Cleveland.


The Cavs lost to the lowly Sixers after leading by 17. The Cavs continue to find ways to blow leads to bad teams. This was the most disappointing loss of the year so far. Here’s what we learned.

The Sixers can win at home. The Sixers were winless at home up until the Cavs showed up. They showed resiliency in battling back from a 17 point deficit to beat the Cavs. The Sixers outscored the Cavs 35-24 in the 4th quarter. That’s unacceptable Cleveland. Simply unacceptable.

Delly couldn’t make his clutch shots. He finished the game with 3 points on 1-7 shooting. He cost the Cavs the game when he missed both of his free throws with under 20 seconds to play with the Cavs up 1. That’s inexcusable Delly. You have to make at least one of those. On the Cavs final possession he couldn’t find a way to get the ball to Love and settled for a contested layup, which he missed. It’s easy to put all the blame on Delly, but when you give up a 17 point lead to the Sixers there’s a lot of blame to go around.

Joe Harris can occasionally have a good game. He was forced into the starting lineup due to the trade and the injuries of LeBron and Irving. He had a good game and finished with 16 points off 6-12 shooting including 4-8 from deep. He has showed signs of potential but it is very inconsistent. This game might just be one of those games, but I hope it’s the start of something a little more than that.

This is why Kevin Love left Minnesota. Love is tired of playing games like this. He did all he could to will the Cavs to victory, but it still wasn’t enough. He ended the game with 28 points and 19 rebounds. You can’t ask for much more out of your power forward. Love wants to be on a winning team, he’s tired of putting up numbers like this in a loss.

You have to find a way to give the ball to Love on the final possession! Kevin Love was on fire the entire game. He was the only reason the Cavs were even in this one from start to finish. Kevin Love was covered in the post, but could’ve easily drawn a foul if the ball was thrown in. I would rather lose the game because we tried to get the ball to our superstar, rather than have Delly attempt an out of control layup. And why did Delly have the ball in his hand anyways? Wouldn’t you rather have somebody like Miller with the ball? I personally would.

The Cavs could easily be under .500 when LeBron comes back. This was one the Cavs needed to win badly. The Cavs have a tough stretch of games against Western Conference opponents coming up. This was the one game we all thought they would win, and they didn’t. At this point I’m just hoping we’re around .500 when LeBron gets back. These two weeks seem like they’ll never end. Don’t lose the faith Cavs fans. There’s still a lot of season left to be played. Plus, we did just make a trade.

Dion Waiters heads to OKC, while J.R. Smith & Iman Shumpert move from New York to Cleveland as part of a three-team deal. BasketballInsiders.com’s Moke Hamilton & CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss.

The Cavaliers, Knicks and Thunder all lost on Monday after completing a three-way deal that sent Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City and redirected J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland.


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