The point guard missed all eight of his first-half field-goal attempts and finished with four points on 2-of-15 from the field.
"One thing that is in play is Cleveland's first-round pick this year, in talking to teams around the league and Cleveland officials".
The Cavs have easily earned the honor of being the NBA's streakiest team this season, and LeBron James is, unsurprisingly, not pleased with the team's recent skid.
The game was close in the first quarter, but as the period came to an end, the Raptors were able to get out to a 30-24 lead. "So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did". The only other Cavs to score in double figures were Jeff Green with 13, Jae Crowder with 11, and Kevin Love with 10 and nine rebounds.
So with a day off Wednesday before a big game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, it was time to fire up the NBA Trade Machine. "We've got to take advantage of that", said VanVleet. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times. While their last loss was pretty bad (127-99 at the hands of the Timberwolves), this one was their most lopsided of the season.
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It was the latest impressive performance from a Raptors team that is on pace for the best record in franchise history, and the latest clunker from a Cavaliers team that has now surrendered its three highest point totals of the season in its last three games, and sits 29th among the 30 National Basketball Association teams in defensive efficiency halfway through the season. Fred VanVleet led the team in scoring with 22 points off the bench (8-11 from the floor; 6-8 from three-point range). They won't need reminding, though, that Cleveland has dumped them from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
So Coach Dwane Casey sought to change things. And Cleveland's bench was outclassed by Toronto's reserves 76-48.
Toronto will not be able to enjoy this one for long. "And they don't know how much of their future they want to try to mortgage to try and win this year", Wojnarowski said during an appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter", via NESN. Especially since they are playing a LeBron James run team.
What Cleveland couldn't account for was DeRozan's uptick in passing, as the Compton, Calif., native stepped up in Lowry's absence and dished a game-high eight assists. They now hold the best home record in the league at 14-2. But since beating the Wizards on the road almost a month ago, the Cavs have lost seven of their last 10 and are headed for another defeat in Thursday's game in Toronto.