The Cavaliers had won two straight games, acquired Luol Deng, and were thinking playoffs heading in to Sunday night’s game against the Kings, but they looked like a team who was set to win the lottery this summer.
The Kings came out firing, but the Cavaliers were quick to match. The score was 32-30 in favor of Cleveland after the first quarter, but the Cavs would score just 48 points in the final three quarters of the game. The Kings went on a 16-0 run in the third quarter, and the Cavaliers had a five minute stretch where they didn’t score.
The Kings had their best performance since Chris Webber suited up for them, and this core has shown some potential. Isiah Thomas showed up Kyrie Irving with 26 points and 6 assists, and Irving had just seven points on 3 of 14 shooting. Rudy Gay had an efficient 20 points, and Demarcus Cousins had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.
The Cavaliers got 12 points from Luol Deng, but nobody played well for Cleveland. They are now 3-16 on the road, and you have to wonder if Mike Brown is the right coach for this roster. Luol Deng will likely leave in free agency, and the direction of the Cavs is not looking promising.
The Kings had all their players in the positive in terms of +/-, and all the Cavaliers were in the negative. If the Kings can add another piece or two, they could be contending for the playoffs next season, but as for now, they got the 44 point win over the Cavs (124-80).