3 takeaways from the Cleveland Cavaliers game

Mar 13, 2018, 04:19
3 takeaways from the Cleveland Cavaliers game

Cleveland was dominated on the glass during the game, with Los Angeles holding a 51-37 advantage on the rebounding front.

Being on the receiving end of a 22-3 run during the last five minutes of the third quarter sent the Cleveland Cavaliers to their second straight defeat as they fell 127-113 to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday night.

Revenge is indeed sweet for Isaiah Thomas as the diminutive point guard led the Los Angeles Lakers to a blowout victory over his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas embraced with several of his former teammates, including LeBron, prior to tip-off. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, dropped to fourth in the Eastern Conference, just a half game back of the Indiana Pacers.

But LeBron was smart enough to see this and fooled the pair by delivering a ridiculous no-look dime into a wide-open Ante Zizic inside for an easy dunk instead.

The players the Cavaliers (38-28) acquired in return for Thomas - Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson - certainly wanted to put on a good show against their old team-mates. I only played 15 games for them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do.

Seven Raptors players hit more than 10 points, with Kyle Lowry finishing on 16, four rebounds and seven assists. The Cavaliers have won just four of their last 10 games.

Dario Saric scored 18 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the 76ers, who were able to avenge a disappointing loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in January.

"Yeah, they stopped by [the locker room] on their way in - uninvited", Lakers coach Luke Walton deadpanned before the game.

But there was at least one highlight from the game that will stand the test of time. But what's the point of having rules if they don't get enforced? It speaks to Thomas' understanding of the game, something much of the Lakers roster is still working through.

A few days ago we saw James turn the ball into a ghost and spirit it through the testicles of Tristan Thompson, and while that's arguably the most ridiculous thing seen on an National Basketball Association court so far this season, this ain't far off the mark either.

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