Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Written by Sporty Jordy
When and where: November 20, 2019, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL, 7:30 PM ET
The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to put an end to a four-game losing streak in Wednesday’s road trip to Florida to take on the Miami Heat. It was only last Thursday when the Heat visited Ohio and handed the Cavaliers a 97-108 loss. Cleveland has since gone on to lose to the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, the Heat are coming off a 109-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. They have yet to lose a game at home this season.
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Same old Cavaliers beginning to surface
It was only a matter of time before the Cavaliers slipped back into old habits.
The moonwalking continued in Monday’s loss to the Knicks in a game where they actually had the better field goal shooting percentage. But they also had 20 turnovers that went for 32 points the other way. It was the same backbreaking mental errors that constantly haunt the young team.
“This isn’t just a tough loss like it was in Philly where we competed,” Cavaliers head coach John Beilein said after the game, via Cleveland.com
. “We got blown out in our own arena on a Sunday afternoon in front of a great crowd. It measures you a little bit. We’ve got to bounce back from it and find a way to make the changes in everything that we do. Effort areas, defense, offense, rotations, everything. Just keep looking at it because these last two games have not been in the right direction.”
The Heat are easily one of the best defensive teams in the league, and they’ll work hard to feast on turnovers. It’s a tough match-up for a Cavaliers team only averaging 104.5 points per game. That means they won’t have much room for mistakes. Points are going to be hard to come by, and they have to make the most out of every possession.
Kevin Love possibly being back in the lineup would be huge for the Cavaliers. He’s the team’s leading scorer and rebounder on the floor. There is also the veteran leadership he brings to a roster full of young talent. The Heat are a much-improved team on the offensive end of the floor as well. So the Cavaliers will need all of the help they can get to combat a truly tough opponent on both ends of the floor.
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